Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals in the two games against Denmark in the Euro 2016 qualification playoffs and “sent the Danes into retirement.”
The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker has been considered of the best in the world for a long time, and the display in the qualification playoffs once again showed why. Ibrahimovic has some unique qualities that few other players in the world possess. He has a great combination of size, strength and technique that makes him one of a kind. He also has one of the best soccer minds in the game, as he often sees passing opportunities that no one else sees and then uses his extraordinary technique to set up his teammates.
He’s also a great goalscorer. Ibrahimovic has the scoring record for Sweden, having found the back of the net on 62 occasions in 111 appearances for his country. He’s scored some very memorable goals, including a bicycle kick against England, a game where he ended up scoring four goals against the Three Lions.
He sealed the deal against Denmark at the Parken Arena in Copenhagen, scoring two goals in the 2-2 draw that saw Sweden move on to Euro 2016.
After the game, Ibrahimovic gave us another golden quote.
“They said they were going to send me to retirement,” Ibrahimovic told Swedish TV. “I sent their whole nation into retirement.”
Ibrahimovic has always been great when it comes to giving the media good quotes, and his confident style is very refreshing as Swedes typically are pretty reserved.
The Euro 2016 wouldn’t be the same without Ibrahimovic, as he’s one of the most entertaining players in the game today. Sweden doesn’t have the best team, but Ibrahimovic gives them another dimension and he makes the players around him better. With Sweden having missed out on the World Cup in Brazil last year, it’s great to know that fans will be able to see Ibrahimovic in at least one more major international tournament.
Ibrahimovic has won championship titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France. Since joining PSG in 2012, “Ibra” has scored 84 league goals in 99 games and guiding the club to three straight league titles.
He might not be on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he’s right there in the group of players right behind them, and he’s doing at age 34.
There’s been several rumors that he might go over to the MLS after next season, and that would be a great addition to the league, as we have seen several older players come over and still have a big impact. Ibrahimovic would be well worth the price of admission on his own, and if he would join David Beckham’s team in Miami it would really kickstart that franchise as they enter MLS.
So soccer lovers all over the world should be glad that Sweden made it into Euro 2016 just because it means that we get one more chance to see Ibrahimovic on the big stage.
Next summer, keep an extra eye on Sweden and their charismatic captain.