Ranking 13 of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s best goals in order of ridiculousness
Zlatan Ibrahimović has now passed 500 career goals, but it’s not so much the number of goals he scores that make him special as the outrageous way in which he scores them.
Ibrahimović reached the landmark in LA Galaxy’s defeat to Toronto in MLS over the weekend. It was yet another ridiculous finish that proves, even at 36, he can score in ways which appear physically impossible.
Over his illustrious career, he’s built quite a catalogue of absurd goals. And now we’ve ranked just some of his most outrageous ones in order of ridiculousness.
13. Manchester City
Because this is Zlatan, it looks like a standard goal. Straightforward. Run of the mill.
But wait for the replay and see how high the ball is when Zlatan strikes it; how he twists his body; how he uses the outside of his boot to get it through the crowd and inside the post.
It’s bottom of our list, but a fine example of Zlatan making the extraordinary look ordinary.
One of four which Ibrahimović scored in a 2012 Champions League group stage game against the Belgian outfit. You’ll definitely have to watch it more than once to work it out.
When coaches tell you to “put your foot through it”, they probably mean something like this.
For Inter Milan, Ibrahimović shows us the devastating consequence of mixing power with accuracy.
Ibrahimović gets across the defender man-marking him and bullets the ball into the roof of the net – with the side of his boot, no less.
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23’ : Zlatan Ibrahimović vs Olympique de Marseille (2-2)
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Ridiculous rating: 6.25
Ibrahimović has more or less standardised this move to the point of us no longer being surprised when he pulls it off, but at the time, when he was playing for Jose Mourinho’s Inter, it was something never witnessed before.
Ibrahimović stands tall and lets the ball drop into his midriff. In a move we have now seen several times, he somehow generates enough power to send the ball into the top corner despite facing away from the goal.
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7. Anderlecht, again
A disgustingly good strike from distance. We don’t know what’s more ridiculous: the fact Ibrahimović decided to strike the ball first time or the fact he manages to put so much whip on the ball.
Against Ronald Koeman’s Benfica in a pre-season encounter, eyes turned away from Juventus’ gorgeous kit for a moment as Ibrahimović scored this delightful goal.
The ball isn’t at an ideal place for a strike, but Ibrahimović pulls the trigger regardless and catches the keeper off guard from distance.
Even Gianluigi Buffon didn’t know what to do when Zlatan pulled off a swinging backheel kick in the Euro 2004 group stage match.
The absolute state of this one.
First, Ibrahimović turns the defender on the halfway line with a flick. Then he chases down the ball and shoulder-barges the pursuing defender to the floor.
This is all before the big Swede brings the ball into his control and slams it high past the goalkeeper at his near post.
In a match billed as the ‘California Classico’, this wasn’t a bad way for Ibrahimović to score his 500th career goal.
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2. NAC Breda
Ibrahimović hit the world stage with this goal.
Its ridiculousness stems from him beating the entire backline – including the same player twice – in such a short space, before coolly slotting the ball into the net and wheeling away in celebration. It’s so good we wrote an entire article about it.
In a list full of outrageous goals, this must be the most ridiculous of all. It was an overhead kick from 30 yards, FFS.