In 48 hours, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wonder goal against England has received close to 5 million views on YouTube. The goal capped off a fantastic performance from the Swedish international, in which he scored four goals. On his day Ibrahimovic is arguably one of the best strikers in the world and is a true world-class striker, but is his goal the ‘best goal ever’?
The answer is NO!
I refused to weigh in on which goal is the best of all time, because I feel it is a pointless argument that we can all agree on. Also, it would take years to go through every goal scored to make an intelligent decision. Nonetheless, it was a great goal that should rightfully be put into the discussion.
Now I’m not going say it wasn’t a great goal ‘because it was a friendly’ or say he scored because ‘Hart was way off his line’ as many have done. I will say that people are blowing it out of proportion because it was England, who isn’t a great side. I also say despite the goal, I expected Ibra to play at such a high level with the likes of 17-year-old Raheem Sterling, 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha, the inexperienced Ryan Shawcross and Tom Huddlestone are on the field. I’m not trying to make excuses for England, but these are not good players and it’s no coincidence that three of Ibra’s goals were scored once Roy Hodgson made some changes to give some of these young/inexperienced players time on the pitch.
Nonetheless, Ibrahimovic’s goal was great. The technique was fantastic, but the fact that he had the confidence and audacity to attempt the overhead kick was remarkable.
The goal took over social media in the matter of minutes and these comments were thrown around.
People have the right to voice their opinion and social media is the outlet often used in today’s society, but I’ve noticed that it can tarnish some great moments.
Suddenly, Ibrahimovic’s goal has made him the best striker in the world. A four-goal performance against England’s B or C team miraculously elevates him to a ‘best striker ever’ conversation.
One goal not only blows up twitter, but we seem to forget the likes of Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Robin Van Persie. More importantly, he’s now put in a conversation with Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Eusebio, Ferenc Puskas etc.
It’s a problem within our society, and people feel the need to throw around farcical titles on players based on performances like this. I won’t deny that it was a great performance and neither will Ibrahimovic, but do we really believe that he is the best now or ever based on that?
It’s like the trendy ‘world-class’ label, that tends to go around now. Players such as Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla and Javier Hernandez just to name a few, have been given the title this season. These are great players, but they are not yet world-class. Maybe my expectations of players are too high, but they rightfully should be.
Throwing around these titles towards players because they hit a good run of form ruins its prestige, and we tend to do this a lot. I can name you approximately 30 legitimate world-class players and there’s nothing wrong with that.
In today’s time, social media is somewhat the root of all evil. I have a love/hate relationship with it. The hate often outweighs the love because of the nonsense that is allowed on it.
Why can’t we embrace moments of brilliance from Zlatan and cherish them for what they are? It’s time we move away from putting these outrageous labels on moments/performances like this and sit back and enjoy them.
Zlatan, we thank you for providing us with a goal of the highest quality.
Social media trolls….DIE!
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