There’s only one thing the football fans are talking about right now: Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick wonder goal against Juventus in the Champions League.
Juve fans gave the Portuguese wonder a standing ovation following his overhead kick, which came as part of a 3-0 victory in Italy that all but sealed Los Blancos’ progress to the semi-finals.
But Zlatan, being Zlatan, was unimpressed, arguing that the strike was a little too close to goal. There’s really no pleasing some people. Especially ex-Juventus stars.
Every angle of Cristiano Ronaldo’s crazy goal against Juventus ?
We could watch this over and over and over again… ? pic.twitter.com/XRSdqTNuMT
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 4, 2018
Speaking on ESPN’s Sportscenter, Ibrahimović was asked about Ronaldo’s goal and offered up the following: “It was a nice goal, but he should try it from 40 meters.”
The comment has been interpreted as a reference to two specific Zlatan strikes, firstly his memorable long-range overhead kick for Sweden against England.
Alternatively, he may be referencing the stunning volley he pulled off from near to the halfway line on his substitute debt for LA Galaxy in the MLS over the weekend.
The goal came as part of a memorable 4-3 turnaround against their newly-installed local rivals LAFC, who had previously led 3-0.
Oh my goodness Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a filthy goal in his debut for LA Galaxy pic.twitter.com/ysTNH07zWU
— Jesse Foster (@Jesse__Foster) March 31, 2018
Unfortunately, for Zlatan, he’s forgetting a couple of key details.
Firstly, that goal against England came in a friendly, rather than the 3-2 defeat Sweden suffered at the hands of England at Euro 2012. A defeat that saw them exit the tournament.
Secondly, that goal against LAFC – as good as it was – was helped by some rather dodgy positioning from the opposition goalkeeper.
Maybe Ibrahimović should try scoring an overhead kick like that against a decent team or maybe in a game that actually matters.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.