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Zlatan Still Zlatan as French Revolution Dawns at PSG

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic #18 of Paris Saint-Germain FC battles for the ball against Dejan Jakovic #5 of D.C. United during the World Football Challenge 2012 at RFK Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJuly 30, 2012

Not even two weeks have passed since Zlatan Ibrahimovich joined Paris Saint-Germain, but that's no matter.

Zlatan never stops being Zlatan.

Ibrahimovic, a 30-year-old Swedish forward, signed with PSG on July 18 (Eurosport-Yahoo!), four days after Brazilian defender Thiago Silva made the same move from AC Milan (ESPNSoccernet).

Together, the two cost €65 million (Daily Telegraph), a staggering figure even for a club of PSG's spending stature. And together, they represent the strongest statement of intent in the nouveau-riche club's new French Revolution.

Of course, it's not only PSG making statements. True to form, Ibrahimovic has continued making the kind of headline-grabbing statements he's come to be known for through the years.

Not long after joining PSG, Ibra announced that his new club is better than his old club. Never mind that the very loss of himself and Thiago Silva probably had something to do with that.

Actually, that's the kind of logic that makes Zlatan's world go round.

From ESPNSoccernet:

When asked by reporters if les Parisiens are superior to the Rossoneri, Ibrahimovic responded: "Yes." He then added: "Because they [Milan] lost their two best players," when asked why.

Those comments came after Ibra's PSG debut match, a 1-1 draw with MLS club DC United. The tall Swede scored just three minutes into that match before being subbed out later in the first half.

In addition to Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, PSG's high-priced revolution also includes the signing of Argentine attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli. But even with three big-money and big-name signings to bolster the squad, Ibrahimovic has been quoted as saying PSG are not yet part of Europe's elite.

From Yahoo! Sports:

"PSG can't be compared with Barcelona. We still have a lot of work to do to become like them. We are a team with a lot of new faces and are still under construction," Ibrahimovic said. "We are a new team with a project that's being put in place. Like I've said before, PSG are the future."

PSG are a club for the future, but with Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Lavezzi joining an already talented squad, the Parisians have more than enough talent to be a force in France and Europe next season.

Whatever else happens along the way, expect to see more of Zlatan being Zlatan.

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