Zlatan describes his wonder-goal as 'nice'
Posted: 15 November 2012 Time: 1:57 pm
After last night's magical performance from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, KickOff.com compiles a list of the top 10 quotes from the Swedish master.
Ibrahimovic has often been criticised for failing to produce the goods against English opposition, but against the Three Lions he finally silenced the critics.
'Ibracadabra' has had a dazzling career so far. He has won dozens of major trophies, and is the only player to score for six different clubs in the Champions League. Spells at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan made him the most expensive player in history in combined fees – about £140-million. But it is his four goals against England that have got the world talking.
Sweden beat England 4-2 last night in Stockholm, with Ibrahimovic scoring all four for the home side – the last being an incredible overhead volley that has become an YouTube sensation.
It was the first match at Sweden's new national soccer stadium, the 'Friends Arena', and after the match Ibrahimovic said: "I liked the first goal more because it was history: the first in the new arena."
He described his glorious fourth goal as "nice".
But the Paris St Germain striker has always had a way with words. Here's our list of the top 10 Zlatan quotes.
After last night's four goals against England, Ibrahimovic was asked to rate his international career out of 10.
He replied: "10."
Zlatan's analysis his performance against then-Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz:
"First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog."
When asked by a reporter: "Is your playing style Swedish or Yugoslavian?"
Zlatan: "It's Zlatan-style."
On Arsene Wenger asking him to attend a trial at Arsenal:
"Zlatan doesn't do auditions."
'Ibra' had a difficult time at Barcelona, and a fractious relationship with Pep Guardiola:
"Guardiola was staring at me and I lost it. I thought 'there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!' I yelled to him: 'You have no balls!' and probably worse things than that." (From his book, I, Zlatan.)
On finding accommodation following his move to Paris St Germain:
"We are looking for an apartment. If we don't find anything, then I'll probably just buy the hotel."
Zlatan shows his mathematical ability when asked by a reporter whether it was possible for Ajax to lose nine points in nine games:
"According to my calculations it is possible to lose nine points in only three games."
When asked who he thinks is the most beautiful woman in the world:
"I haven't met her yet, but when I do, I will date her."
In another meeting with Guardiola, 'Ibra' told him:
"I'm a Ferrari, but you are driving me as if I were a Fiat."
When asked what he present he had bought his wife for her birthday:
"Nothing. She already has Zlatan."