The 10 Most Spectacular Goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Career
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: feared, loathed, loved, revered.
Rarely has a centre forward divided such opinion between the worldwide fanbase; even at this point in his career as he joins PSG, there are some who will say Ibrahimovic is a genius and one of the most lethal strikers on the planet, and others who will say he could still be better if his attitude matched the talent that he thinks he has.
One thing is for sure though—the goals he scores are frequently important, always well-celebrated and at times wildly spectacular.
To celebrate this latter part of the man, here are 10 of Ibrahimovic's most spectacular goals, captured on video.
PSG Debut Goal... After Two Minutes
Not that the list is in reverse chronological order, but we start at the present—Zlatan Ibrahimovic's debut goal for PSG, which came little more than two minutes after the start of the match.
The hefty wages he is on in the French capital will be well spent if he can produce goals in Ligue 1 to match the quality—and rapidness—of this particular strike.
Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping this is the first of many.
Euro 2012 Volley vs France
Another spectacular goal from this summer; Zlatan helped his nation, Sweden, overcome France in Euro 2012.
His 33 goals for Sweden now include this fine first-time volley from the edge of the penalty area.
Sadly for player and country, it was to be in vain, as the Swedes exited the competition at the group stage.
Free Kick Smashed Inter the Net
Sebastien Frey is left bamboozled and bewildered by a swerving, dipping and fiercely-struck free kick while Ibrahimovic represented the blue and black of Inter Milan.
The 35-yard effort flew straight into the top corner of the net, crashing off the crossbar and in.
A magnificent strike.
Rocket Shot vs. Brescia
Technique, skill, movement and a blistering finish.
Zlatan can curl shots, head them, volley and score with both feet, and here he shows his power in the shot as he blasts an effort in past Brescia as four defenders fail to get to grips with him.
Long Range Volley vs Lecce
Mere words cannot describe the pure audacity of this effort, so the video can speak for itself.
Aside from the shot, Ibrahimovic showed hunger, desire and strength to get to the ball—at which point his insurmountable self confidence took over.
AC Milan were the beneficiaries of this moment of magic.
Fantastic Volley vs. Benfica
Another moment of inspiration and another majestic volley on the left foot.
Yet again a defender is brushed aside as the forward, here playing for Juventus, swipes past all in his path before hitting a fierce strike inside the near post.
Perhaps the goalkeeper might have done better here, but maybe he was flummoxed by the brute force of the shot and the distance from which Ibra hit it.
El Clasico Decided with a Volley
This one maybe isn't as spectacular a goal as some of the others on the list, but it is still a mighty fine finish on the volley.
In addition, the scene and setting of this particular game makes it doubly impressive.
This was maybe Ibrahimovic's most important goal during his spell at Barcelona.
Beats Six Men and Scores for Ajax
A personal favourite and one of the most spectacular and outrageous individual goals ever scored.
As a youngster at Ajax, Ibrahimovic was just as brash, just as confident—and just as skilful—as he is today.
Here he held off a defender, sidestepped a challenge, and embarked on a mazy run away from seven different challenges, beating the 'keeper with a low shot at the end of it.
Skill and Class vs. Reggina
Playing for Inter again here, this was another fine solo effort from Zlatan.
Reggina's defenders stood no chance against his direct run, sidestepping a couple of challenges and, with a moment of equally excellent vision and execution, chip over the 'keeper into the back of the net.
Zlatan's Finest Collection
For the record, the final goal for the list was to be the one scored in the video here against CSKA Moscow.
However, why deny the watchers the chance to see some of the best ones all over again, and some alternatives thrown into the mix?
Here is a compilation of Ibrahimovic's top three goals scored at each of his clubs up to his move this summer: Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and Milan.
Let the legend continue.