Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been on a tear since joining PSG two seasons ago. He’s always been considered as a great player, but his performances for PSG leaves me believing that he should be considered the world’s third-best player behind Cristiano Ronaldo and the magical Lionel Messi.
Zlatan made easy work of Bayer Leverkusen, and the tie looked over before halftime even started. He displayed masterful skill at times that made the opposing team look like amateurs. PSG might be fully stacked with exceptional players at each position, but Zlatan rises above the pack when comparing player by player. He’s making France’s capital club a contender for the Champions League trophy and I’ll be honest, it’s difficult to muster a rebuttal against that claim.
Zlatan is a player that fans love to hate, although they relish the opportunity to witness him perform. I do understand why people loathe him. Sometimes he can be arrogant, and his comments after the Leverkusen game is a prime example as he stated “There is no weak foot” following a question about his second goal with his left foot.
At times, he appears lazy as he’s nonchalantly walking about, while the rest of the team is working hard to retrieve possession. The criticism is understandable, but the magic that Zlatan conjures on most matchdays definitely make up for the effort or lack thereof that coincides with his game.
Whether he wins a Player of the Year title is unlikely because he’s playing in an era with two future legendary players, but one thing is for certain: he will make every voter consider him when the time comes.