Paris, France (PressExposure) November 20, 2012 -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not have always been the toast of English journalists due to his mixed form against English club sides and their national side but after Wednesday's performance against Roy Hodgson's team, Zlatan shouldn't have to worry about any articles relating to under-par performances.
In 15 previous matches against English clubs, Ibrahimovic has scored 3 goals, of which all were against the defensively weak Arsenal. Playing for such great sides such as Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona, Ibrahimovic has played for Europe's top clubs and with the majority of the best players of his generation and therefore such a modest return was always going to lead to a negative reaction from English writers who are lightening quick to play-down the talent of foreign players who fail to succeed against English sides.
Ibrahimovic is the type of player who does not exactly lend himself to the ethos of many teams, with his arrogant demeanour and brash comments on his greatness. The fact that he has moved through Europe's top clubs highlights his lack of commitment to the team cause, which in his eyes is far below personal achievement. Ibrahimovic is yet to completely flop at a club and his goal-scoring record has always been reasonable especially in the last 2 years. Coaching a side that has an ego the size of the giant Swede must be a nightmare and it definitely has something to do with the regularity of his transfers.
With a goal-scoring record that is above a goal every two games for every one of his clubs besides Juventus, one would expect him to be heralded as one of the top players of his generation but that's where his persona lets him down somewhat. Club's like Barcelona are not prepared to deal with a player who has the potential to be so selfish and cannot handle being the most talked about player in the city.
In Paris, Zlatan is in his element, he is regarded as a superstar and the fans nor other players mind his sometimes over the top on-field antics. So far at Paris Saint Germain, Zlatan has scored 10 league goals in as many games and in the most recent champions league match he set up all four goals against Dynamo Kiev.
However Ibra's biggest accomplishment came this week when he lead his national side against England in a friendly which marked the opening of the new national football stadium in Stockholm. Not the biggest stage in the world but in front of his home nation who rarely see their star he scored all four goals in a 4-2 victory. He didn't just score 4 goals, he scored 2, which were absolute beauties, the last of which could easily have been goal of the year?