Zlatan Blows His Own Trumpet

Known for possessing arrogance in abundance, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of football’s more outspoken individuals, regularly proceeding to praise himself rather highly while speaking about his ‘beautiful’ self in the third-person.

But with this unflappable confidence comes the ability to back it up. It’s not often that one of the the beautiful game’s greatest advocates can possess such a strong personality along with a vast and unparalleled skillset nowadays, but the humongous Swede seems to tick all of the necessary boxes.

So when CNN football correspondent Pedro Pinto (who has conducted interviews with various world-beaters) got the chance to meet the one and only Zlatan, he didn’t hesitate to ask the PSG front-man some pressing questions, and the man mammoth himself did not fail to disappoint the viewers at home, as he answered some flattering questions without batting an eyelid for the most part.

When asked what he would rate himself as a footballer on a scale of 1 to 10, the striker once again produced the goods, and confidently replied with the wryest smile known to man.

Have a watch of the excellent video here, which is sure to make you chuckle.

Ibra Scores A Panenka, Beckham Gets Trolled, Silva Nearly Breaks His Leg. All In A Day’s Work

We love you…

We love you not

PSG’s thrilling Ligue 1 encounter with Saint-Étienne ended with both sides taking a point each, the two French outfits sharing 4 goals between them in the process. Gabonese speedster Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang continued his ascent to stardom with a dazzling display, wreaking havoc with his blistering pace down PSG’s left-hand side, giving Maxwell a difficult task for the best part of 90 minutes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a name the scoreboard seems to be quite familiar with nowadays, was involved in both of the Parisian side’s two goals, assisting Argentine Javier Pastore and scoring a cheeky Panenka penalty in the process. The towering Swede was made take his penalty twice, as one of his team mates was deemed to be encroaching whilst Ibra stepped up to take his first penalty. But that didn’t deter the flamboyant attacker’s confidence, and he sleekly dinked in the cheekiest of panenkas as cool as a cucumber.

David Beckham didn’t look overly-impressive on the night, but given that it’s his first European league start in 3 years, one could let slide his average performance.

A heated exchange

Although he didn’t seem to get any boos or insults in his direction verbally by the home crowd, he did however get trolled by the Green army.

Thiago Silva almost managed to break his leg amongst all the other things happening, with on-loan striker Brandao (Property of Marseille) made an excruciatingly bad challenge on the Brazilian sweeper, almost snapping the PSG man’s leg in doing so.

Ouch

Joey Barton Up To His Old Tricks

In his element…

Some things never change, and Joey Barton’s abrasive nature is one of those things. Much-maligned for much of his career in England due to his animosity, Barton is always being kept under a close watch by English football fans, even when plying his trade at Marseille in the French top tier.

So when Joey Barton called out Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Coupe de France tie on Wednesday night, the former QPR midfielder didn’t hold back his feelings in any way, which is hardly a big surprise. But even this from Joey Barton is stooping to a new low, criticising his opponent’s facial features has no place on a football pitch.

Love him or hate him, it’s safe to say that not too many people feel he has been missed too much from the English game.