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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925288 Zlatan, King of the Swedes Zlatan%2C+King+of+the+Swedes World

When we first sat down to put together a birthday gallery for Ibrahimovic, I had no idea how we could pick just ten moments. I mean, come on, it’s Zlatan!

 

He’s inspired everything from Christmas sweaters and big-mouth burgers to his own theme song, his quotes are the stuff of legend, and not only is his name trademarked across Europe, "Zlatan" has even been added to the official Swedish dictionary! To zlatan, a verb, means “to dominate on and off the field.”

So yes, it was quite a challenge to keep this gallery to only ten slides. But I think we zlataned it. Let’s do this.

 

-Thomas Hautmann

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31924282 Still winning Still+winning World

Ibra paid the club back generously in his first season with the club. Naturally, with Zlatan in the side, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title since 1994. Ibrahimovic led the team with 30 goals, becoming the first player to reach that mark in the French top flight since Jean-Pierre Papin in the 1989-90 season. Just another case of Zlatan being Zlatan.

 

So what does Zlatan have left in the tank? Now at age 32, he really just has one more title left to win, and that is an international one. But can Ibra really bring tiny Sweden to glory pretty much on his own?

 

Come on, it's Zlatan. Of course he can.

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925294 "The Bicycle Kick" %26quot%3BThe+Bicycle+Kick%26quot%3B World

One day, Zlatan woke up and thought to himself, You know, bicycle kicks are getting boring. So for Sweden’s friendly match against England, Zlatan – after already having scored a hat trick – decided to upstage every footballer before him, got on his bike from a good 30+ yards out, and hit the perhaps most inconceivable goal ever scored. As you can see, even Zlatan was impressed by that one. Holy goal!

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31924283 Racking up a bill Racking+up+a+bill World

In the summer of 2012, PSG bought Zlatan for a transfer fee of around $27 million, making the Swede the most expensive footballer ever in combined transfer fees, which then reached $245 million in total. He was paid well, too, by the nouveau riche Paris club, much to the chagrin of French finance minister Jerome Cahuzac. Cahuzac called Ibra’s roughly $18 million salary “disgusting,” to which Zlatan coolly replied “I don't understand all the criticism. After all, the more money I earn, the more tax France receives." Touche, Zlatan.

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925293 Epic streak Epic+streak World

Ibrahimovic made the most of his new opportunity. In that loan season of 2010/11, Ibra once again won the league title and Player of the Year award. Remarkably, it was Zlatan's eighth straight season of winning whatever domestic league he played in, spanning five different teams. However, that streak came to an end in his second season with Milan despite scoring 28 league goals in 32 games. Apparently, Zlatan doesn't do second place, so off he went to his latest challenge: Paris.

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31924280 ...and to forget ...and+to+forget World

What spoiled Ibrahimovic's time at Barca was his soured relationship with coach Pep Guardiola. Ibra became so frustrated with both Guardiola's system -- he claimed he was misused and "sacrificed" for Lionel Messi -- and training methods, that he eventually lashed out at the Spaniard in a much-publicised locker room spat. Calling him "a coward' with "no balls," Zlatan made sure to reiterate his feelings for Guardiola in his autobiography.


Ibrahimovic then reportedly threatened Barcelona's management that he would publicly beat up Guardiola if he was not released to Milan on loan the following year. He was, ending a short and tumultous era at his favorite club.
 

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31924281 Season to remember... Season+to+remember... World

Barcelona wanted Zlatan so badly (because, after all, who wouldn't?), they paid Inter $63 million for him and sent Samuel Eto'o to the San Siro in return. And Barca's new superstar didn't disappoint. Ibra became the first to score in his first four league matches for Barca on his way to 21 goals and 13 assists in 45 appearances. Barcelona won all six titles they played for that season, a record even impressive by Zlatan's standards. But, somewhere along the line, Ibra's happiness at Barcelona deteriorated dramatically...

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925289 Breaking out Breaking+out World

Zlatan moved to Italian rivals Inter in 2006 after Juventus was relegated to Serie B due to the Calcipoli scandal. In his first season at the San Siro, Zlatan led Inter to its first league title in 17 years. Zlatan would win the following two Scudettos as well for the three-peat, plus two consecutive Serie A Player of the Year awards. After that string of success, Zlatan probably grew bored and followed his dream to play for Barcelona.

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925290 Banished Banished World

After a 2004 international friendly against Holland, Ajax teammate Rafael van der Vaart publicly accused Zlatan of deliberately injuring him during the game. In response, Ibrahimovic threatened to break both of Van der Vaart's legs. Standard Zlatan logic. Shortly thereafter, Ajax sold their star striker to Juventus, with whom Zlatan won two Serie A titles in two years (though Juve would eventually get stripped of those titles for match-fixing).

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925291 "The Solo" %26quot%3BThe+Solo%26quot%3B World

Things went about as well as they could at Ajax, winning two Dutch league crowns in three years. Ibrahimovic’s first earth-shaking moment came in 2004 when he scored one of the greatest goals in recent memory. Playing against NAC, Zlatan made four defenders look absolutely foolish with a series of cuts and turns before slotting home a truly brilliant solo effort. Soon enough, all of Europe’s top clubs would come knocking on Zlatan’s door.

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World 2018 43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Career moments 31925292 The beginning of Zlatan The+beginning+of+Zlatan World

After getting his professional start with Malmo FF at the age of 17, Zlatan soon attracted the interest of Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, who asked him to take a trial with the North London club. But the brash teenager turned him down. “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions,” Ibra would go on to write in his autobiography, modestly titled I Am Zlatan. That same year, Dutch powerhouse Ajax came with an offer, and the 19-year-old made the first major move of his career.

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