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Remembering Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 2012 in 12 Goals

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIDecember 27, 2012

Remembering Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 2012 in 12 Goals

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has grabbed a lot of attention with his goal-scoring exploits this year and we are taking a look at 12 of his best in 2012.

    The Swedish forward has banged in goals for his national team as well as club sides AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Ibrahimovic led the Serie A in scoring with 28 goals and is currently leading Ligue 1 with 18 strikes. He scored 51 times in the calender year with 11 of those goals coming from international duty with Sweden.

    He's scored all types of goals in the calender year and there are a good few that stand out. 

    Click through to see the best of Ibracadabra's work in 2012.

12. Volley vs. Bologna

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    The goal comes around the 1.07 mark but its worth watching the highlights to see what Ibrahimovic had been up to before that point.

    The goal is the simplest of the bunch but one cannot take away the fact that it was still a good goal.

    It was a finisher's finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he showed the necessary control and technique to guide the ball in.

    Some players may have tried to blast it or control it but either option would not have resulted in a goal.

11. Volley vs. Iceland

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    Skip to 48 seconds to see the goal in this clip.

    It is clear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had that exact finish in mind. It helped that he made a solid connection with the ball as well.

    The accuracy and control cannot be understated in this classy goal.

10. One-Touch Finish vs. Troyes

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    It may seem like a simple goal and maybe because of the scorer it is. 

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic showcased his pure goal scoring skills with this emphatic one-touch finish against Troyes.

    It may not have been the most acute angle but it was a tough one nonetheless and on his weaker foot as well.

    The one question you do have to ask is if any other keeper would have saved it. Probably not.

09. Powerful Free-Kick vs. Nice

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    You'll have to go to YouTube to see this goal but it will be worth it.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic overpowers a keeper from a free-kick with this strike.

    What makes it bad for Nice's man between the sticks is that he was already on the side in which Zlatan eventually kicked the ball.

    He still ended up only grasping for air though as the big Swede delivered a typically powerful strike to pull his team level.

08. Two-Touch Finish vs. Inter

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    This is another more simple goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic's standards but, again, nothing is easy.

    Ibracadabra did everything perfectly to set himself up for what turned out to be his final goal with Milan.

    The first-touch was immaculate in creating space and dragging Julio Cesar out of position and the clipped finished was class.

07. Free-Kick vs. Marseille September

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    Steve Mandada got a finger-tip on this free-kick and probably could have done better.

    His wall did not give him much help either.

    Still, Ibrahimovic's power was obvious in this free-kick considering the long distance from which it was taken.

06. Sidefoot Volley vs. Marseille

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    It was such a nonchalant goal really. That's what makes some of the best goals the best goals, they look so easy.

    Not many players can, off direct service from a corner-kick, produce that type of control and placement with the proper shooting technique.

    Ibrahimovic manages to do it with the side of his foot.

05. Backheel vs. Novara

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    You'll get a glimpse of two great Zlatan goals in this clip but only the second one makes this list.

    Both relied on quick thinking and but the creativity involved really sets the second one apart.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic probably was not thinking of Cristiano Ronaldo's almost identical effort last year but the similarities are eerie.

    He left both the goalkeeper and a couple defenders dumbfounded with his trickery.

04. Freekick vs. Cagliari

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's free-kicks are usually in the power category so he gets added props for this effort.

    Not that we did not think he was capable of it.

    He is no stranger to scoring from long-range but added that dimension of finesse that many great free-kick takers have in their locker.

03. Venomous Volley vs. Lecce

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    Talk about power. This is the type of goal we are used to seeing from Zlatan Ibrahimovic but it's still breath-taking.

    The goalkeeper had no chance with this emphatic effort from the big Swede.

    Viewers and spectators alike probably knew what was coming once the ball popped up so sweetly and Ibrahimovic shaped to shoot.

02. Volley vs. France

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    This goal was certainly Zlatan Ibrahimovic's best effort of the year before the game against England.

    For a big man like Ibrahimovic to twist like that in mid-air and connect so sweetly was astounding.

    The fact that he did it under the pressure for Philippe Mexes and managed to get it exactly in the bottom corner makes it even better.

01. Bicycle-Kick vs. England

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    The bicycle-kick heard around the world. 

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic capitalized on some interesting defending by the English to score four goals in a friendly in November.

    He saved the best for last with his sublime effort from outside the box.

    Ibrahimovic's amazing goal may not have been nominated for the Puskas award but it was the best goal of the year in many if not all eyes.

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