Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

The Punter: Why you shouldn’t bet against Ibrahimovic having one last move

It's surprising that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never graced the Premier League with his goal-scoring talents.

Doubters only had to see his spectacular 30-yard bicycle-kick fourth goal for Sweden in their 4-2 win over England to appreciate what he can offer.

No wonder it was described as “combining unfathomable imagination and expert technique.”

There are a lot worse strikers in the top tier of the English game than the Swede — Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres are two that immediately spring to mind.

Who cares if Ibrahimovic (pictured) is a lazy player as long as he scores goals of the calibre witnessed in Stockholm last week.

His record speaks for itself in big games and he's the only player to have scored for six different clubs in the Champions League.

With a career that has spanned Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and now PSG, he's not short of experience at the highest level and has won countless honours.

What would Liverpool or Chelsea give for his services right now?

Ibrahimovic has been cut to 50/1 by Ladbrokes for the World Cup Golden Boot in 2014 but more appealing is the 2/1 about the 31-year-old tasting the English game before he hangs up the boots.

With unlimited strength and a tremendous performer with his back to goal, he has a three-year contract with PSG which makes him one of the highest paid players in the world.

It seems however, that only Chelsea or Man City could afford him or possibly Arsenal if they loosened the purse strings but the odds against that most likely would be more than 2/1!

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