Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s game has “Eff You” Written all over it
Created on Feb. 20, 2014 12:39 PM EST
There’s a good reason to believe Paris St. Germain might end up in the UEFA Champions League final. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pissed. Really pissed. His nation was trounced by Portugal in a two-leg playoff for a World Cup spot and he has never won a UEFA Champions League. Currently at age 32, he’ll be past his prime by the time 2018 World Cup hits.
We know his end is bound to happen. Zlatan knows it too, and I’m sure deep down in his finally matured heart he knows that this Champions League is all he has left to show the world that he is the best goal scorer in the football world and one of his diminishing chances at taking the title while in his prime. Since something precious was taken away from him, a part of him just snapped, unlocking a new chamber in the Swede’s mindset. A beast has been unlocked.
The Swede wants his fingerprints all over this year’s edition of the UEFA Champions League. He wants this Champions League to be the one where Zlatan did it all. Ibrahimovic wants us to look back ten years to this date and say “remember when Zlatan beasted through the Champions League like it was nothing? Dude won the thing by himself.”
He doesn’t want to settle with being the best scorer in Serie A or Ligue 1. For once he wants us to believe that at a certain point in time he was the best goal scorer in the world. So he’s working harder, focusing more, and not sleeping on any goal scoring opportunities. If there is a shot, he will take it, and you better believe that he’s been practicing from any angle with both feet to get a better feel for putting the ball at the back of the net. Every match he plays won’t be a victory; it’s just going to be business as always. He doesn’t care if he leaves the tournament as the top scorer; he only wants the trophy in his hands and will eliminate anyone who gets in his way. He doesn’t care if he has to outplay a Ribery or a Ronaldo to get it; he knows he can beat anyone to get that trophy. His career and his glory won’t be validated until he gets that trophy.
At this point he doesn’t care that scoring lots of goals is enough. He only cares about scoring enough goals to win the Champions League trophy and if it means 30 over the course of one tournament, then so be it. He isn’t playing like he wants anything to stop him short from winning it all. It’s likely that his attitude has been contagious to his teammates because the way PSG dismantled Bayer Leverkeusen shows that they have adapted to the Swede’s newfound killer instinct.
Zlatan doesn’t care about playing nice. He has literally told the football world “Eff You” and is on a rampage to score enough goals to merit the Champions League trophy on his own. Make no mistake, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no better than Messi or Ronaldo, but in this stage in his career no one is more mentally dominant than he is. He will make you believe that he was the best player in 2014. Just watch.