Even though 2012 was a superb year by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s own high standards, 2013 could be even better.
He enters the calendar year in superb form and on the back of 12 months in which he netted 46 goals in 48 games for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden. At 31 years old, the towering Swede is at the peak of his powers.
However, one thing is missing from an impressive CV that boasts title successes and top-scoring accolades from across the Netherlands, Italy and Spain—European success at the highest stage.
Arguably without that success, Ibra will never be considered a true great—at least not by himself—and the opportunity to be part of a team who can win the Champions League was a big part of why he joined PSG.
Now in prime scoring form and ready to take on the burden of leadership when others can’t step up to the plate, Ibrahimovic is ready to launch his assault on Europe in chase of the Ballon d’Or.
But to do it, he is going to need a few things to happen.