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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's arrogance is just a trait of his greatness

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is often discussed more for his arrogance and controversy than for his footballing ability, however, the Swede is possibly the best striker in the world.

As mentioned Zlatan is, without a doubt, classed as one of the most arrogant and outspoken players in the game. When asked to select a team made up of the best 11 players he has played with of course the final selection was himself describing himself as 'the god'. He quite clearly has confidence in his own ability, so much so that he actually rejected a move to Arsenal when he was asked to go for a trial stating 'Zlatan doesn't do auditions'.

Since moving to Ajax in 2001, Ibrahimovic has won trophies in Holland, Italy, Spain and France. Ibrahimovic currently plies his trade in Ligue 1 for PSG and his most recent outburst came last season after what he felt was a poor refereeing display he made some derogatory comments about France: "They do not even deserve PSG".

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Sweden failed to reach the World Cup in 2014 after they were defeated in the playoffs by Portugal despite Ibrahimovic scoring twice. Following the game the striker said: "A World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup." These are just a few of the classic comments he has made over the course of his career so far.

People may question the comment that he is the best striker in the world when there is the brilliant combination of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez at Barcelona and then there is Cristiano Ronaldo to consider at Real Madrid, however, none of these four are 'traditional number nines'. Therefore, it is difficult to compare them to Ibrahimovic directly.

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Along with the number of goals scored you also have to look at the quality of them, most notably was his Puskas award-winning overhead kick from 30 yards out against England in 2013.

So far this season he has scored 20 league goals in 19 appearances. Fans, however, dismiss his quality as the French league is not seen to have the same quality of the English, Spanish, Italian or German top flights.

However, this argument is a non-starter, Zlatan has scored goals for Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and he is Sweden's all-time top goal scorer with 62. He was named Serie A top scorer twice and there is the argument that he was never really played in the correct position during his time at Barcelona.

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In 2015, Zlatan had temporary tattoos on his body with names of people who are suffering from starvation in support of The World Program which he displayed by removing his shirt when scoring in a match against Caen - showing a different side to his personality.

Some people call him arrogant, some people say he has character. Either way, there is no denying Ibrahimovic's footballing ability, even at the age of 34 he is one of the best strikers in the world today.

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