Yes, this is indeed a blog about Palmeiras but after what Ibra did yesterday, I’ll be damned if I’m not going to make a tribute to my fellow countryman. After all – and in the spirit of the one and only Daniel Grandesso – my blog, my rules.
British newspaper “The Times” wrote that “England’s defenders spent part of yesterday morning watching video clips of Zlatan Ibrahimović in order to know their enemy. But there are some things you cannot prepare for, certainly not bicycle kicks from 35 yards. How do you prepare for something you never, ever saw before?”
In more than 35 years covering international football for the BBC, John Motson has seen countless matches and been to 10 World Cups. He lists Ibras’ fourth goal as the #1 of all times: “It was spontaneous, out of this world, unexpected and athletic – the best I have ever seen. It was a sensational piece of improvisation and even more special seeing as he produced it in his country’s new stadium. It was the icing on the cake to a fantastic performance.”
On Monday night the 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player received Swedish football’s “Golden Ball” player of the year award (for the sixth time in a row and for the seventh time in total; the female price went for the third time to Lotta Schelin). Three days later he treats us to this magnificent display, becoming the first player to ever score four goals against England, declaring their second defeat in 22 matches.
On a side note, and forgive me now, but isn’t there a small but distinct similarity between Ibra and our own Hernán Barcos in terms of physique and playing style?