Throwback: Ibrahimovic scores match-winner in his only El Clasico
As Zlatan Ibrahimovic turns 40, a number of videos have been doing the rounds from throughout the legendary Sweden international’s career.
One of the most notable of these has been from when Ibrahimovic scored the winner for Barcelona during his one and only El Clasico appearance twelve years ago.
The Swede, who played 29 La Liga games for Barca during a three-year stay in Catalonia between 2009 and 2011, scored the crucial goal as his side won a tight contest 1-0 back in November 2009.
The game itself was not short of incident as both teams ended the game with 10 men after Sergio Busquets and Lassana Diarra both saw red.
The pivotal moment, however, came in the 55th minute shortly after Ibrahimovic came off the bench to replace Thierry Henry, when the then 28-year-old superbly hammered home past Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a volley from short ranger after getting on the end of a cross from full-back Dani Alves.
The goal at the Camp Nou would prove to be one of the most memorable moments from what was a difficult stint in Spain for the much-travelled striker and sent the Blaugrana to the top of the La Liga table – a position they would not lose as they went on to win the title that season.
🔥 Of course, he scored the winning goal! pic.twitter.com/UsuLOV3oDg
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) October 19, 2020