Why Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic Neglected In the World of Football?
Here we take a look at why Zlatan Ibrahimovic will never be considered as one of the true greats in the world of football.
The question has been, does football celebrate people that merit celebration or does it just celebrate those it wants to celebrate? Football fixed odds on Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score on his debut in any league should be embraced given his incredible record, but why is he not revered?
For a player who during his youth football was part of a team that was losing 4-0 in a youth competition, only to come on and score 8 goals to win the match 8-4, no-one doubted what he could become.
For a player whose bicycle kick for Sweden vs England won the 2013 FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of the year and who has gone on to score many similar acrobatic wonders, his abilities have never been in doubt.
For a player who has now scored 250 goals in 308 appearances since he turned 30, he should be a hero anywhere he goes.
For a player who has scored 17 league goals and 26 in all competitions for Manchester United this season, even at 35 years old, making it the highest goals scored by a striker in a season at Manchester United since 2014, there could be no blame for his striking prowess.
But the question is; why is the football world neglecting and victimising Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Could it be traced back to the fact that the establishment will never want you to be a nonconformist and will fight you silently if you prove to be one? This takes us to one of those huge gaffes that the then corrupt FIFA president made. Sepp Blatter thought it was funny in a television press conference to boldly declare that Lionel Messi is the type of son any father would like to have while a player like Cristiano Ronaldo – who spends much time at the salon decorating his hair – is not desirable.
He never made any allusions to their achievements on the pitch. He said nothing about football, goals and ability. For him, it was all about their personality and how they conform to what the society thinks is good for them. This is what the problem is when it comes to Zlatan.
We all know that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been moving from one league to the other breaking records, winning titles, and achieving great things in football, but he’s not a man to keep quiet in the face of what he doesn’t like. He hates Pep Guardiola with a passion and loves Mourinho because the Portuguese coach is not afraid to say it as it is. His brash persona and outspoken nature has garnered him some hate in the world of football. If not, Zlatan’s name would be written in the history of the greats and possibly a world best trophy lying in his cabinet.
Zlatan is neglected because he is that footballer whose level of self confidence is actually too much for the world to deal with. He won the EFL Cup for Manchester United with his two goals. He has succeeded in playing more games in all competitions than any other player this season. Even at the age of 35, he has featured 38 times for the red devils.
He holds the record of the second player in Manchester United’s history to score in the community shield, league cup, FA cup, premier league and Europe in a single season.
He holds the record of the oldest player in the history of football to score 15 premier league goals in a season, and football best sports betting online odds always have him as one of the favourites to be top scorer when the season begins.
Record also has it that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in his Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League and Champions League debuts. He doesn’t wait for the second match to do it. He always does it on his debut.
His list of achievements are incredible. So, why would the world of football have any misgivings against someone who is so prolific and mercurial like Zlatan Ibrahimovic if not that he doesn’t conform to the clandestine dictates of the establishment. But for football fans and lovers, he is a deity.
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