In the last few days, many of the UK media’s finest publications have heavily linked AC Milan and Sweden fruit-loop Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a move to Manchester City.
The stories have prompted his club to publicly deny the rumours, stating “Ibrahimovic has two years left on his contract and has not indicated a desire to leave the club”.
Considering the fact that City owner Sheik Mansour could fling his lorry-loads of cash at just about anyone, what exactly could the man known as ‘Ibra’ offer the newly crowned Premier League champions? After all, until recently he has famously failed to impress when playing English opposition.
in Kim Kallstrom Ibrahimovic has a teammate who supplied the most assists of any player in qualifying and if Sweden can progress through Group D he might just be able to prove his English doubters wrong.
Controversy would almost certainly be one thing (maybe Mario Balotelli doesn’t provide enough) but saying that, Ibrahimovic has enjoyed one of his most productive seasons yet and is at Euro 2012 odds of 40/1 to end up as the tournament’s top scorer.
The mercurial Swede scored an imposing 33 goals last season as Milan pushed Juventus to within four points of the Serie A title. Take that Pep, he probably thought. In terms of his international record, it currently stands at 29 goals in 75 games, including five during Euro 2012 qualifying.
Those five goals only came in two games however; a brace against San Marino and a hat trick against neighbours Finland, and the statistics actually suggest that Sweden fare better without their enigmatic captain.
Erik Hamren’s side won over half of their European Championship qualifiers with Ibrahimovic in the side and all of them without.
He is an undoubted talent however, having played for some of the biggest teams in world football, but his chances of ending the tournament as top scorer will mostly rely on Sweden’s rather slim chances of progressing through the group stage.
However, in Kim Kallstrom Ibrahimovic has a teammate who supplied the most assists of any player in qualifying and if Sweden can progress through Group D he might just be able to prove his English doubters wrong.
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