He was at it again at the weekend. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is seemingly getting better as he gets older and his hattrick at home to Nice on Saturday was just another emphatic reminder.
After the draw in midweek to Anderlecht, Laurent Blanc will have wanted a response. The result in Europe was by no means the worst in the world but it was an opportunity missed to book early qualification into the alst-16. Nevertheless, we cannot get too greedy. The start to this season has been nothing short of fabulous and the exploits at the weekend was another joyous occasion. Lille and Monaco’s failure to gain three points was the cherry on top, seeing us now sit at the summit with a four point lead.
Ibra was instrumental again. His three goals had snippets of the talent we know he beholds. His first consisted of intelligent forward play and bravery. He was able to sneak in at the back stick to tap home and was in no way put off by an on rushing Lucas Veronese who clattered into his leg.
His second was from the spot, casual as ever. But it was his clever dinked ball to Edinson Cavani which made Veronese make up his mind but unfortunately for him he brought down the Uruguayan resulting in the award.
Then with 15 minutes remaining, he sealed his hat-trick with a leaping header. It turned out to be his 15th this season in all competitions and remarkably it’s his 50th overall for the club in just under a year and a half.
After the game, the Swede told the club’s Official Site; “It was a good night. We won and I scored three goals. I am very happy. I didn’t know it was my 50th goal for Paris. For the moment, everything is going very well. It was a difficult match and it was very important to win. It’s a good way to build the confidence before heading off with the national team. We are playing well and staying focused.”
Ibra now has the weight of a nation on his shoulders as Sweden tackle Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in a FIFA World Cup play-off. It is a football tragedy that one of the game’s greatest talents will miss out on the festival in Brazil next summer. But along with the Swedish contingent, anyone with affiliation to Les Parisien will be right behind Ibra.
All hail King Zlatan.