His first against Nantes in Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final tie, was another one to add to the collection. Following a misplaced clearance by the Nantes keeper, Remy Riu, the ball reaches Ibrahimovic who, 30 yards from goal, and without breaking stride, hits it first time into the roof of the net. It is a stunning finish, but above all, a fantastic piece of improvisation – the type of goal that few players would have the imagination to consider, let alone the technique to execute.
In an age of diminished attention spans and instant gratification, the Swede, more than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, truly is the quintessential footballer for the 21st century. Amazing goals rather than Champions League medals will be his legacy. Take a look at his top 50, yes 50! There’s not a duff one among them.