Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 10 Best Goals

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 10 Best Goals

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    The amount of ego present at next summer's World Cup will be significantly reduced after Portugal were drawn in a play-off against Sweden. This means that either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be denied the opportunity to shine on the world's biggest stage.

    It is up to Zlatan to add to his career tally of 287 goals in November's play-off matches, and if he does score, the chances are that the goal(s) will be spectacular.

    Here's a ranking of the talismanic Swede's top 10 goals, which includes his sublime strike against Bastia from Saturday. 

     

10. Sweden vs. Austria, October 2013

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    Sweden earned a vital three points in their World Cup qualifier against Austria earlier this month thanks to a very special contribution from Zlatan in the 86th minute. 

    The striker showed superb skill to bring down Kim Kallstrom's long ball before calmly slotting it home—ensuring a 2-1 victory and a play-off match against Portugal. 

9. PSG vs. Marseille, October 2012

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    PSG drew 2-2 with Marseille in October 2012, thanks to an extraordinary Kung Fu volley from The Mighty Zlatan.

    The timing and power required to do this are astonishing—we can only imagine he was mentally picturing a flying kick to Pep Guardiola's chest as he struck the ball.  

8. PSG vs. Monaco, September 2013

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    Another entry in the Zlatan acrobatic Kung Fu kick golazo records came in September, 2012, when the precocious Swede helped PSG earn a 1-1 draw with their nouveau riche adversaries Monaco with a brilliant volley. 

7. PSG vs. Bastia, October 2013

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    Thanks in no small part to Zlatan, PSG are enjoying their best league start since 1996/97.

    The Swede bagged two goals in the Parisians' 4-0 victory over Bastia on Saturday, and his opener was a typically acrobatic effort, beating a defender and the goalkeeper with a flicked backheel. 

6. Internazionale vs. Palermo, November 2008

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    Zlatan scored both of Inter's goals in a 2-0 win at Palermo in November 2008, but his second was an absolute rocket of a free kick.

    The shot goes straight in the centre of the goal, but the keeper had no chance of saving it due to its incredible velocity. In fact, this strike was hit at 124 km/h, making it one of the fastest goals ever recorded. 

5. Sweden vs. Italy, June 2004

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    Sweden helped keep Italy out of the knockout stages of Euro 2004 with a dramatic 1-1 draw against them in Porto. 

    The 85th-minute equaliser came from the back heel of Zlatan, who wistfully chipped into the top left corner to score what was later voted the goal of the tournament. 

4. Sweden vs. France, June 2012

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    Eight summers after his goal of the tournament in Portugal, Zlatan struck a fantastic volley in Sweden's 2-0 victory over France in Donetsk at Euro 2012.

    Sadly, the goal couldn't help Sweden to progress int the tournament, but it was a pretty special consolation. 

3. Internazionale vs. Bologna, October 2008

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    Zlatan scored 57 goals in three seasons at Internazionale, the most special of which was his stunning volley against Bolgona in 2008/09. 

    With his back to goal, the Swede connected with a cross from Adriano to guide the ball home with a pinpoint backheel flick.

    Once again, he showed his positional awareness, reaction times and agility are second-to-none. 

2. Ajax vs. NAC, August 2004

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    Most of Zlatan's great goals depend on his martial arts flexibility and aerial threat, but here's proof that he can play the ball along the floor with the best of them.

    This stunning Eredivisie goal for Ajax against NAC in 2004 was voted the Goal of the Year by Eurosport viewers. 

1. Sweden vs. England, November 2012

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    Come on, you didn't think a list of Zlatan goals would leave out his incredible effort against England in November 2012, did you?

    Ibra scored all four of Sweden's goals in a 4-2 friendly victory at the aptly named Friends Arena in Stockholm, but his fourth, a 35-yard overhead kick, is surely the best of his career.

     

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