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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dimitar Berbatov to meet Sunday

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Monaco will host league leaders and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening aiming to close the gap at the top of the table to just two points.

Though many games still remain, with the pair coasting ahead of the rest of the pack the result could prove pivotal come the end of the campaign.

A win for PSG should leave Monaco with too much to do to prevent Laurent Blanc’s side winning a second consecutive title.

The battle between strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dimitar Berbatov could finally settle the debate as to who, out of the two mavericks, is the greater genius.

Both are divisive, individualistic forwards who split opinion amongst those in the game. They are both undeniably world-class, but their signings and selection can prove controversial.

Loyalty is not a word that applies to either of them. Ibrahimovic had played for both Milan clubs, Juventus, Barcelona and Ajax prior to his arrival in 2012.

Berbatov has spearheaded attacks at CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham.

The pair have struggled when not the only superhero.

Ibrahimovic toiled at Barcelona due to the presence of Lionel Messi.

Berbatov, meanwhile, was blighted at United first by Cristiano Ronaldo, and then by Wayne Rooney.

Both strikers have attracted negativity away from the field.

The Swedish forwards' infamous book ‘I am Zlatan’ was a demonstration of his own self-romance, where he used it to re-open feuds with Pep Guardiola and the old Barcelona contingent.

As for Berbatov, the Bulgarian has been pictured smoking cigarettes and irritated Italian club Fiorentina when, after agreeing personal terms in 2012, he opted to stay in England with Fulham instead.

He was later called ‘unworthy,’ by the Italian club.

Playing styles between the two are similar. Languid and lazy, but classy and composed.

On their day, they are uncontainable.

Memories of Ibrahimovic’s four goal show against England for Sweden and Berbatov’s hat-trick against Liverpool for United spring to mind.

Berbatov is set to make his debut for Monaco after signing on a loan deal until the end of the season, where he will deputise for injured talisman Radamel Falcao.

The duo will undoubtedly be in the spotlight on Sunday evening.

It could be a titanic tussle between two of footballs biggest characters.

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