It’s the goal everyone’s talking about. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 30 yard propeller kick to score his and Sweden’s fourth goal against England was simply remarkable. I was watching the game on TV and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And it isn’t just me, Ibrahimovic’s fellow professionals, past and present, have been waxing lyrical about the wonder strike.
England captain Steven Gerrard, winning his 100th cap, said it was “probably the best goal” he had seen live.
Former England manager and BBC Radio 5 live pundit Graham Taylor insisted the Swede’s superb volley was one that will live long in the memory.
He said: “That is one of the best goals I have ever seen. What a fantastic goal, it has made this game one we will never forget.
“Ibrahimovic scores exceptional goals. It was an exceptionally gifted, talented goal.”
England’s Leon Osman said: “Ibrahimovic just seemed to have five minutes of dominance and then the wonder goal at the end.
“It is certainly the best goal I have seen live, in its presence. To do what he did, the imagination of it alone and to get as high as he did for a big guy was unbelievable, and it found the back of the net. It was a terrific goal and the best I have seen.”
Taylor’s fellow pundit Pat Nevin said: “His fourth goal was beyond perfection, it was magical. His technique was off the scale.”
Ibrahimovic has never received the best press in the UK but there was no doubting his quality in the win against England. It’s easy to forget the other three goals he scored that produced Sweden’s 4-2 victory in a friendly to mark the opening of their new ‘Friends Arena’ stadium.
The 6ft 5ins forward has divided opinion throughout his career but any player who has played for and enjoyed title successes for clubs like Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan has got to have something special. That goal will have no doubt changed a lot of opinions in the UK.
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