Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a bit like marmite; you either love him or hate him. Throughout his career, which has included many of Europe's finest clubs, he has constantly divided opinion as to whether he is a truly great player. At times he can do the unbelievable and you wonder how anyone can question his ability, whilst other moments show a petulant, self-absorbed player who seems reluctant to work hard and quick to criticise teammates. Where do you stand regarding the Swedish international?
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After Atletico Madrid managed to overcome Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final, can they move on from here and become a regular competitor to their cross-town rivals and Catalan's finest side? This season they have done well in the league and are assured of third place with three games left to play. However, they still trail their neighbours by nine points and champions Barcelona by 19 points. Diego Simeone needs to somehow close this gap if he harbours serious title aspirations.
Real Madrid continue to be linked to former Milan and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti, but Rafa Benitez’ name has also begun to spring up as a possible number two. On the pitch Real managed to beat Malaga 6-2, with 8 different players getting onto the score-sheet. Elsewhere Champions Barcelona beat Real Valladolid and Valencia beat Getafe.
It seems that 2013 is the year of retirement in football as David Beckham has decided to call time on what can only be described as a glittering career.
Players leave their respects and fans weep as one of England’s most capped players announces his retirement at the age of 38. Few can dispute Beckham’s talent or his achievement. He won everything at club level and his passing and crossing skills were considered some of the best in the world. Beckham was also largely famous for his exploits off the pitch, with the celebrity wife, fashion range and advert appearances. Whilst he may not have been England’s best player of the decade, he was certainly the most famous.
Paris Saint-Germain are trying to convince David Beckham to spend another year in France but the 38-year-old has yet to make up his mind over his own future.
Two weekends ago Andre Ayew, Marseille’s Ghanaian forward received a red card in the dying seconds of their hard-fought 1-0 win over Lorient. He claims he had joined the melee following a slap to Mathieu Valbuena in order to calm things down
It is sometimes easy to forget how long Ibrahimovic has been around, with this goal dating back to August 2004. Whilst many of his peers were still in academies, Ibrahimovic had already played in a World Cup and European Championships for Sweden, and in this match was playing for Ajax against NAC Breda in a Dutch league game.
When you spend £35 million on a centre back, as PSG did to acquire the services of Thiago Silva, you would expect that player to be of the finest in world, if not their generation, and the Brazilian certainly fits that criteria.
Earlier this season, Theo Walcott declared that signing a new contract was dependent upon whether Arsenal would play him as a striker. He initially turned down a lucrative 5 year contract extension and claimed that the issue was not the money but whether he would be used in his preferred position.
Although his case may have been legitimate, how many other players are likely to use this reason as an excuse to force a transfer from their current club or as a bargaining tool to negotiate a pay rise?
Is Dani Alves the best right back in the world?
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