Ibrahimovic 'helicopter' goal, and six other amazing strikes
Where does the Swedish superstar's brilliant goal against England rank in the all-time list?
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC'S amazing overhead 'helicopter' goal against England last night has been heralded as one of the greatest of all time, and has already been dubbed 'Goal of the Century'.
As the striker chased a long ball out of the Swedish defence, he saw England keeper Joe Hart race out of his box to attempt to clear with his head. The tall Swede elected not to challenge the goalie but waited to see where the clearance would end up.
Then, as Hart's weak header looped over him, Ibrahimovic seized his moment. He turned and, with his back to goal, leapt into the air. He connected with the ball around six feet off the ground and launched it back over his head, over the retreating England defenders and into the unguarded net from all of 35 yards. The acrobatic Swede was even able to swivel in mid air to watch his glorious effort - his fourth of the night - sail in.
But where does his goal rank among the all-time greats? Here are some of the other candidates for the greatest goal accolade:
MARADONA 1986. Back in 1986 at the World Cup in Mexico, Diego Maradona's effort for Argentina was hailed as the greatest ever. It came shortly after the diminutive Argentine had scored the infamous 'hand of God' goal, but there was no doubt about his second as he dribbled through the England defence and slotted the ball home.
TREVOR SINCLAIR 1997. The QPR man's remarkable strike against Barnsley in the FA Cup was - until last night, at least - widely regarded as the greatest overhead kick of recent times. Sinclair connected perfectly with a high ball on the edge of the box and it simply flew into the top corner.
GEORGE WEAH 1996. The Liberian striker was a legend at AC Milan in the 1990s and his remarkable solo effort against Verona remains one of the iconic goals of all time. Picking the ball up in his own penalty box, Weah ran the full length of the pitch before slotting home.
ZINEDINE ZIDANE 2002. When Steven Gerrard was asked after the Sweden game if he considered Ibrahimovic to be his greatest ever opponent, the English captain said that honour still belonged to French maestro Zidane. His famous goal for Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final illustrates why.
ROBERTO CARLOS 1997. Before last night’s overhead kick, Ibrahimovic brought up his hat-trick against England with a free kick, but it has some way to go before it matches this sensational curling 40-yard effort from Brazilian Roberto Carlos, which helped transform the way strikers approach free kicks.
DAVID BECKHAM 1996. Ibrahimovic may be Sweden's most famous footballing icon, but England have a few of their own, not least David Beckham, who arguably remains the most famous footballer on the planet. He announced himself to the world with this stunning strike from the halfway line against Wimbledon for Manchester United when he was just 21.