Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived in Paris in July, to a welcome reserved for genuine superstars. A lavish unveiling in front of the Eiffel tower preceded throngs of Paris Saint-Germain fans greeting him on the Champs Elysees, an arrival matched only by that of a ‘rock star’ as Sporting Director Leonardo likes to brand the club’s star attractions.
In a summer where Ligue 1 lost top talent like Lille’s Eden Hazard and Montpellier’s Olivier Giroud, Ibra has filled that void. And more. Undoubtedly Ligue 1’s biggest star name, the pressure on the Swede to deliver upon his huge reputation was immense. That has been no problem for Ibra though as his first six months in French football have been a resounding success.
PSG may not be clear at the top of le Championnat just yet but as expected, the former AC Milan striker has been the capital club’s star man so far this year. The 31-year old was expected to have a big impact but even by his standards, I’m sure he didn’t expect to have won over the French fans and critics alike so soon.