Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on another level.
The Swede was stellar yet again for Paris Saint-Germain, as he almost single-handedly took down Toulouse when the teams met at Stadium Municipal on Sunday. PSG won 4-2, and Ibrahimovic was responsible for three of their four goals.
A hat-trick for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as PSG won 4-2 at Toulouse in Ligue 1. With 9 goals in 6 games, is he best in the world on current form?— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 23, 2014
He kicked off the action roughly 13 minutes before the half. Zacharie Boucher was the victim here, as Ibrahimovic rolled the ball down the center and sent him the wrong way—giving him a clear shot at the net.
The goal marked his 20th on the season for PSG.
Ezequiel Lavezzi scored a goal of his own in the 56th minute, which gave PSG the lead. Ibrahimovic then stole the spotlight once again 12 minutes later.
Yohan Cabaye directed a free-kick beautifully toward Ibrahimovic, and he didn't miss his mark. He struck the ball perfectly and looped it inside the far post. That goal all but sealed the match, but the Swede wasn't satisfied just yet.
In the 89th minute, he added the dagger.
Boucher stopped a Panenka penalty, but Ibrahimovic showed his alertness in sending the rebound past him for his third goal of the contest. The goal gave him his third France Ligue 1 hat-trick.
Ibrahimovic has been a key marksman for PSG in their efforts to stay atop the Ligue 1 table. They currently stand No. 1 overall with 61 points, five points ahead of Monaco and an astounding 16 points ahead of AS Saint-Etienne. It looks like it will be a two-club race for the top spot, and Ibrahimovic's strong play will be what propels PSG through the end of the season.
This performance also came on the heels of a statement he made regarding how well he'd play in the English Premier League, via David Kidd of Mirror Football:
“England is a very strong league, with three or four of the best teams in Europe – but, if I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else."
He would have received some flack had he had a poor game against Toulouse, but he silenced all of his doubters (if there were any left) with the hat-trick.
Can Ibrahimovic keep this type of play up?
His performance on Sunday was arguably his best of the season. PSG rely on him to score and make plays, and that's exactly what he did against Toulouse.
When he's on his game, nobody can stop him. Fortunately for PSG, that appears to be the case right now.
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