Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic win the Ballon d'Or?
Is it too late for the Swedish superstar to win the prestigious individual award?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is amazing both on and off the pitch, with dazzling skills, ludicrous goals and hilarious quotes - but with the players around now and him being in his 30s, is it too late for him to win the coveted Ballon d'Or?
Now, I don't know anyone who believes Zlatan is a bad player, a bit of a loose cannon at times perhaps, but I feel being in Ligue 1 will hinder his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or as it's not as strong as La Liga or the Premier League. And really, with only him and Radamel Falcao making the shortlist, I don't see a French League player winning it this year.
I feel the fact Sweden didn't qualify for the World Cup will have an effect on the chances of him winning it next year as well - unless he carries PSG to a French treble and wins the Golden Boot in at least two of the competitions it'll be a struggle, but saying that Franck Ribery done so for Bayern and it's looking he may only get second place with Cristiano Ronaldo just bossing this year.
Zlatan has just gotten better with age; he's been one of the best strikers in the world in recent years and I feel he still has more to offer. But realistically, to win the Ballon d'Or he needs another big move to Real Madrid or an English club - and with Cavani at PSG it wouldn't be an entirely foolish move for him.
That said, maybe he enjoys it in Paris - I mean, who wouldn't?
Maybe he wants to show the rest of Europe that French teams haven't slipped down the pecking order, which would be great as that could boost a chance of him winning more individual prizes, but unless he goes out and smashes teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City and he can score 50 goals in a year, it would be difficult to win the Ballon d'Or.
Now, don't think I'm against him or anything - he'll definitely make the top five with ease. But this year I don't think he'll make top three. That'll be Ronaldo, Ribery and Messi, maybe even in that order.
But next year, if he steps up even more, I feel he can make top three.
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