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Zlatan, a Memorable Soccer Icon

Zlatan, a 42-Year PSG Legend

Zlatan, a Memorable Soccer Icon
AC Milan's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic - GABRIEL BOUYS / afp

Is He Really a Soccer Legend or Just a Fans Favorite?

Happy B’Day legend…

The Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate will forever conquer football banter between fans, critics, and the press. But sometimes, well, a lot of the time, we need a reminder that the sport doesn’t revolve around two men.

Johan Cruyff, George Best, Roberto Baggio, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, and Pele. A few select names that possessed the skills and accomplishments to be considered as the greatest footballer ever to have graced the pitch.

But again, times are changing, and the modern fan often struggles to look beyond Messi and Ronaldo, but not today! As soccer news revealed, he’s scheduled for a highly anticipated interview with Piers Morgan on October 5th, and today is his birthday – Happy B’Day legend – we have the opportunity to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic into the debate once more.

Is he a true legend of the sport? Or did his flamboyant personality and no-fu*ks-given attitude overshadow his soccer skills?

Zlatan the Clown Class

I’ll start by saying Ibrahimovic is one of the most entertaining athletes of the last two decades. So long as you don’t have a stick up your ass, finding the joy in Ibra’s comedy would’ve made you a fan. And that’s whether he played for your club or not; he had the charm, jokes, character, and wisdom that was infectious.

Pundits will criticize his ego, blast him for loving himself, and proclaim he is an asshole. But the best thing about Ibra is that he didn’t hide from any of those claims when dominating soccer news and rumors; he embraced cockiness, confidence and delivered fans with countless unforgettable moments both on and off the pitch.

When playing for Manchester United, fellow teammate Luke Shaw once said something that I believe best describes Zlatan:

“Off the pitch, he was absolutely hilarious. He was honestly so funny. I’ve never seen someone love themselves so much, but he always backed it up. We all loved him”.

Zlatan Can Claim to Be a Soccer GOAT

The answer is quite simple: he’s both! Five hundred and fifty-eight goals, 230 assists, and 32 trophies. How the fu*k can anyone even question his on-pitch ability?

Remember that small list of legends I highlighted at the top of the article? You can add Ibra to the list without question. And despite the bravado and ego we often witness, it doesn’t tell the complete story. He once expressed how no player could be the No.1 if Lionel Messi is around, and let’s not forget the leadership role he played at clubs such as AC Milan, in which he assisted them to their first Scudetto in over a decade.

He knew when to be humble but also loved to play the anti-hero. Something that worked out excellently during his career because he collected a fan base that would be alongside him until death.

I was personally ecstatic seeing the soccer news today announce Zlatan’s return to television. On Thursday, October 8, Piers Morgan will release his uncensored interview with the footballing legend, and I can guarantee it’s one you won’t want to miss!

And just as a reminder of why we love him, here’s a snippet of the Piers interview: Piers Morgan: “Will I get a better interview if I rough you up a bit? Will I get the real Zlatan then?”

Zlatan: “You want to play with fire, I will bring the fire, but I will burn you.”

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