IBRAHIMOVIC TO EPL: OLD BUT NOT OBSOLETE

IBRAHIMOVIC TO EPL: OLD BUT NOT OBSOLETE

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– IBRAHIMOVIC TO EPL: OLD BUT NOT OBSOLETE

– Ibrahimović has the best goal per ratio in Europe

– With 30 goals in French Ligue 1, he is better than the strikers in the English Primer League

IBRAHIMOVIC TO EPL: OLD BUT NOT OBSOLETE

IBRAHIMOVIC TO EPL: OLD BUT NOT OBSOLETE

The imminent transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimović to the premier has unsurprisingly raised not a few eyebrows amidst the pro-youth supporters of the beautiful game.

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Ibrahimović applauding fans after one of PSG’s games

For one, at age 34, Ibrahimović is arguably too old to be a major success in a league so demanding as the premier league. Moreover, the fact that he couldn’t replicate his successes he had at Italians clubs Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, at Barcelona even at a younger age, could be taken to be a sign of things to come if he eventually makes the move to the premier league.

While these are valid points in forecasting what could come of Ibra if he makes the move, we cannot take our eyes off his illustrious career. At age 34, Ibra is still way better than a lot of youngsters.

With 105 goals in 102 appearances for PSG, he is their record club top scorer having spent just three seasons and currently in his fourth season.

With 41 goals in 45 appearance for PSG this season. He is the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 30 goals, and his goal per game ratio at 1.09 better that of Messi and Luis Suarez at 0.9.

Vardy, Kane, and Lewandowski, only ties with that of Cristiano Ronaldo across Europe’s top five leagues. Who says Ibra is too old?

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He is one of the very few strikers belonging to the elite class of Philippo Inzaghi, Hannah Crespo, Ruud van Nistelroy, Klaas jan Huntelar, and Didier Drogba to still be playing the beautiful game at the highest level.

Ibrahimović is undoubtedly the back bone of the Paris saint Germain team that has recorded 26 wins in 33 matches racking up 88 goals in the process, with Ibra scoring 36% of the goals.

At 34, the wealth of experience he brings to any team he joins will be immense. In a league as the EPL that favors high intensity, the holdup play Ibrahimović brings to the field up play and his defense splitting final passes added to his deadly instincts as a goal poacher will none but make him a success. Zlatan might be old, he is golden.

 

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Ibrahimović celebrating his PSG’s record goal

 

While all the successes he has recorded may speak well of things to come, his woes at FC Barcelona could be a good foreshadowing of things to come. His turbulent relationship with Guardiola at Barcelona and his boss like attitude off and on the pitch might also be another disadvantage for the players and coaches of the team he eventually joins.

But if properly managed as we have seen at PSG, Ibra could be a weapon of mass destruction. While he may not be able to boast of the dribbling skills of Messi or the athletic of Ronaldo, the presence of Ibra on the field of play speaks more fear than any of the young strikers would attempt.

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Ibra to any club at this moment is nothing but treasure.

IBRAHIMOVIC TO EPL: OLD BUT NOT OBSOLETE