Zlatan Ibrahimovic may well have scored in the Manchester Derby, and had an impressive start to life in the Premier League, but that hasn’t impressed outspoken Irish pundit, Eamon Dunphy.
“Mourinho may have lost the plot permanently. He’s bought this fella Ibrahimovic who scored a fantastic goal at the weekend when the new wonderful goalkeeper dropped the ball at his feet.
“Ibrahimovic won’t be in the team at Christmas. Not for the big games! He might knock over little teams like he’s been doing but he’s not a big game player. He looked overweight and tired after 20 minutes.”
We’ve obviously just stumbled across the Irish version of Adrian Durham, another ‘journalist’ who has found a gap in the market from riling up the masses with outlandish and against the grain comments – Durham once compared New Zealand’s unbeaten 2010 World Cup group stage campaign as a greater achievement than Arsenal’s unbeaten season – the Kiwis still exited at the group stage?.
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Dunphy has clearly opted for a fishing session ? but surely no one will take the bait? How can anyone doubt the qualities of I Am Zlatan? The Swedish striker has every right to be included in a debate for the greatest footballer of all-time, especially if he were to win the Premier League, at some point.
Sure, he may not have the stats of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, however, his goalscoring record would’ve been deemed out of this world, if the duo weren’t around. But it’s his trophy cabinet that speaks volumes; Messi will only ever win La Liga, Copa Del Rey and the Champions League – Cristiano Ronaldo can add the Premier League and FA Cup to the mix. Whereas Ibra can claim trophies from Italy, France and Holland, as well as Spain.
There’s a real chance he can finally add that elusive Champions League crown, with Jose Mourinho at the helm. Plus a Premier League title or two.
Football is about trophies, after all, and Ibra will have a collection that will, potentially, never be rivalled again.
So, good effort, Dunphy. But time to cast that rod out again.