Watch: Ibrahimovic gets up half way through tying laces to score for Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring for AC Milan against Lazio in Serie A. September 2021.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored hundreds of goals in his career and in numerous different ways – but he might never has scored one quite like the effort he managed for AC Milan against Lazio on Sunday.

Milan went into the second half 1-0 to the good through a fine goal from Rafael Leao. But coach Stefano Pioli wasn’t about to set his side up to defend their lead.

After an hour, he sent Ibrahimovic on to replace Leao and it did not take long for the Sweden international to make an impact.

Six minutes after his introduction, Milan launched a counter-attack down the left with Ante Rebic just as Ibrahimovic had bent down to tie his bootlace.

Like the arch goal-getter that he is, the 39-year-old popped up, laces still undone, charged into the penalty area and tucked Rebic’s cross in from close range.

The goal marked the Milan striker’s comeback after four months out with a knee injury. But, apart from forgetting how to tie his laces properly, it looked like he’d never been away.

After the game, Pioli said of Ibrahimovic: “Beyond the obvious talent, it’s the passion and fire he has inside that keeps him going. Seeing the way he trains is a pleasure. His goal is to be the best and that hasn’t changed as the years go by.”

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