Wanna Piece of Magic? Pay €100 million for Ibracadabra

Ann GryCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

CARSON, CA - JULY 21:  The Los Angeles Galaxy warm up before the World Series of Football match against Chelsea FC at the Home Depot Center on July 21, 2007 in Carson, California. Chelsea FC defeated the Galaxy 1-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

No less than €100 million for Ibrahimović, said Inter Supremo Massimo Moratti. They say that it would be the highest transfer fee. Currently, it is €76 million for Zidane back in 2001.

Recent reports from Spain linked the Swedish striker with a move to Barcelona.

And here comes my “favorite” part. The non-stoppable discussion about his brilliant goals in Italy, and average play in Europe. About how much he is overrated, cocky, and a Big Game flop. Blah blah blah.

My friend, who is a specialist in these kind of talks, started to compare Zlatan to Zinedine, then Zlatan to Cristiano, then Zlatan to Pele, and then to Zlatan to Michael Jackson.

I know. Don’t ask me where I met him.

About Zlatan. You people are overreacting. My friend, a big Ibra fan, said he would be perfect in Barcelona. My uncle, a big Ibra enemy, agreed with him. Why? Taking his critical point of view:

Barcelona, unlike some other Spanish teams, is still in Champions League. Messi, Henry, Eto’o can be exhausted. And there are still domestic performances. 

And here comes Zlatan. While Barcelona stars would keep their strengths for Champions League, Ibrahimović would show his amazing capabilities with Real Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao.

- How dare you!?, screamed Ibra fan, What about the match against Italy in Euro 04? What about the last match with Reggina?

- What about that goal with Manchester? – asked Ibra enemy.

- Which goal?, I woke up and then remembered that there was no goal.

- Exactly, said Ibra enemy.

- He wasn’t that terrible at Old Trafford! the fan continued.  Without “like with Bologna” goal, without any goal in general, but Man U are the best team right now!

Ibra fan starts laughing and said that Premier League teams are the best right now. Ibra fan starts crying that it is not Zlatan’s fault that he is in Serie A.

That was enough. I’m sick of this discussion. Can we point the facts and move on?

Problem with Zlatan is that people expect from him to be a genius all the time. We see a free kick from 30 yards and think: You’re outrageous. You’re a magician.

And we put him among Ronaldo, Messi and others.

Especially when The Special One claimed he’s the best player in the world. By the way, that was stupid move, especially before the match with Man U. That put only unnecessary pressure and started this whole “big deal or flop” debate all over again.

They say that Zlatan doesn’t have a memorable moment of glory that has stamped his name on the world scene. I would say that he doesn’t have such moment in Champions League. That what statistics show.

In 12 matches with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester, he has only one goal (back in Juventus). In matches played with Premier League teams, he hasn’t scored a goal (correct me if I’m wrong).

That’s not a statistic of the best player. But someone with his skills, who has such technical abilities and insanely sublime goals under his belt, cannot be called a “flop.”

So can we just get used to that Zlatan plays amazing in Serie A and stop expecting him to be great on European pitches? We might be surprised some day. Or not.

Personally I like him very much, especially after I learned that his wife is 10 years older. That gives me hope that when I’m gonna be 37, my husband can be a young football player.

So can we say this officially?

Zlatan Ibrahimović is not the best player in the world.

Zlatan Ibrahimović is not a flop.

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a very good player who plays magically on Italian pitches.

P.S. Do you think that Barcelona would pay €100 million for him? Ibrahimović's agent said Zlatan would find it very difficult to turn down Barcelona's offer.

Massimo Moratti said that he can’t imagine Inter without Zlatan. I can’t imagine watching Inter matches without Zlatan and not falling asleep.