Monday in Zurich FIFA revealed the top ten finalists for the Puskás Award, the annual honor presented to the footballer who scores the most aesthetically beautiful goal of the year. And as you might expect, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the list.
The LA Galaxy striker scored his 500th career goal in a manner that was equal parts unpredictable and brilliant. On the road at Toronto, Jona dos Santos lifted a long ball over the top for the towering Ibrahimovic to run onto, and with no real pressure arriving from the back line Ibra went for the impossible, executing a standing karate-kick to funnel a ball that whistled past a stunned Alex Bono before nestling into the net. The finish was so sublime, the crowd at BMO Field gave Ibra a standing ovation.
It goes without saying we’re fortunate to have Zlatan in this league.