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Paris Saint-Germain star would have "destroyed" the Premier League

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Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has claimed he would have torn Premier League defences apart had he made the move to England's top flight.

The PSG forward almost joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old, and he believes the move would have had devastating consequences for English defences.

Ibrahimovic is quoted in The Mirror as saying: "England is a very strong league, with three or four of the best teams in Europe - but, if I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else."

Never one to play down his considerable ability, he added: "The last time I faced England, which is supposed to be the best players in the Premier League, what happened?

"Maybe people need to be reminded that it was the Zlatan show."

That 'Zlatan show' he's referring to is of course Sweden's 4-2 win against England in a 2012 friendly, in which he scored all four goals - including that spectaular 30-yard overhead kick.

A move to England was on the cards for Ibrahimovic long before he became a star of the European game, and a certain Premier League team who have been accused of lacking a star striker may still regret the one that got away.

The man known as 'Ibra' said: "Arsenal could have happened, as everybody knows - but I would not do a trial. Who do you think regrets that more, Arsene Wenger or Zlatan?"

The claims portray a staggering amount of self-belief, but the 32-year-old can back that up with some impressive statistics.

Already this season he's netted 33 times for club and country, propelling PSG to the top of the Ligue 1 table as they look to retain their crown.

Title success would represent an impressive eleventh league winners medal in four different countries having previously topped the table with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.

As well as domestic success, Ibrahimvoci's PSG side will be hoping for success on the continent after their 4-0 first leg victory over Bayer Leverkusen all but secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

And who scored twice in that resounding win? Zlatan of course.

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