Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
As far as I’m concerned, ‘whom’ is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
Tired debates over the world’s best footballer will always divide along the Messi-Ronaldo faultline, and for good reason. The respective records of the two are incomparable in the modern era and stand up to the best of all time.
But let’s face it: the saintly Messi is a bore, and there is little to admire in Ronaldo’s humourless, egotistical persona either.
Goals are their currency, but neither can claim to be the most charismatic nor the most compelling character in football. Instead, for sheer distilled genius, infused with a flavour of arrogance and rage, no one comes close to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
On Wednesday night, Ibrahimovic put on another enthralling exhibition of his talent, becoming the first Paris Saint-Germain player to score four times in a European Cup game as he demolished Anderlecht in a 5-0 win in Belgium. Having only days before described his outrageous taekwondo-esque backheeled goal against Bastia as one of the best goals in his career, the Swede was forced into a new reappraisal of his extensive back catalogue with one of the most thunderous finishes of this or any other year.
His scorching, 100kmph effort from long range - which you can watch here - caught the very corner of the net to bring up his hat-trick was greeted with a standing ovation from the home supporters. “It was crazy, I had goosebumps,” said Ibrahimovic of the reception Anderlecht fans gave him. “It is a great honour for me. I want to thank the fans.”
The genius of Ibrahimovic is that he is able to score every kind of goal: from headers to tap ins, acrobatic volleys to long-range howitzers, incredible dribbles to overhead kicks. The breadth and depth of his goalscoring is simply remarkable, the array of finishes and flicks just breathtaking.
No one – not Messi, not Ronaldo – has Ibrahimovic’s invention or imagination when it comes to the art of goalscoring. It is this unpredictability, wrapped up with his combustible nature, which means Ibrahimovic is incomparable in terms of pure entertainment. He is Zlatan, hear him roar. - Tom Adams, Eurosport