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Wayne Rooney and Kaka video interview ahead of Manchester United v Real Madrid Champions League second leg

Rooney and Kaka share their thoughts ahead of Tuesday's crunch Champions League second leg at Old Trafford

By
Sunni Upal

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17:00 GMT, 3 March 2013

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17:11 GMT, 3 March 2013

Manchester United and Real Madrid will go head to head at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the second leg of their mammoth Champions League last-16 tie.

Cristiano Ronaldo's header for the Spanish champions has left the tie delicately poised at 1-1, after Danny Welbeck gave United the lead in the Bernabeu last month.

In an exclusive interview for Sportsmail – courtesy of bwin – Wayne Rooney and Kaka share their thoughts in the build-up to Tuesday's mouth-watering match.

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Head to head: Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk to bwin ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie

Head to head: Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk to bwin ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie

Head to head: Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk to bwin ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie

Both men are searching for their second Champions League crown this season and they reflect on their best moment in the competition as well as the best goal of their career.

The battle between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho will be almost as big a talking point as the match itself and Rooney and Kaka each justify why they think their manager is the best in the world.

Rooney described the draw at the Bernabeu as 'a good result' for United and Kaka suggested there was a feeling of an opportunity missed for Real.

Winner: Rooney in Moscow in 2008

Winner: Rooney in Moscow in 2008

Champion: Kaka in Athens in 2007

Champion: Kaka in Athens in 2007

Breath-taking: Rooney's stunning overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011

Breath-taking: Rooney's stunning overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011

Brace: Kaka scored two goals at Old Trafford during Milan's Champions League winning season in 2007

Brace: Kaka scored two goals at Old Trafford during Milan's Champions League winning season in 2007

Brace: Kaka scored two goals at Old Trafford during Milan's Champions League winning season in 2007

Kaka also highlighted Rooney as a danger and someone he respects but, embarrassingly, when the English forward was asked the same question there was no mention of the Brazilian.

Real head into the clash after two Clasico wins within a week including an impressive 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

The Spanish champions must score at Old Trafford but the match at the Nou Camp highlighted the counter-attacking threat that Mourinho's side pose.

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Miroslav Stoch wins goal of the year

What a screamer! Stoch beats Neymar and Falcao to goal of the year

FIFA Puskas award for his stunning volley for Fenerbahce against Genclerbirligi.

The Slovak beat Neymar's goal for Santos and Radamel Falcao's strike for Atletico Madrid to win the award on Monday at FIFA's Ballon D'Or, where Lionel Messi was crowned player of the year.

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Winner: Stoch collects the FIFA Puskas award

Winner: Stoch collects the FIFA Puskas award

But although the Slovakian Stoch, who plays for
Turkish side Fenerbahce, is not as highly-rated as the
other two, his goal certainly deserves the praise.

Stoch kept his cool and his balance to superbly volley into the top corner from the edge of the box against Genclerbirligi in a Turkish Super Lig match.

VIDEO: Watch Stoch's wonder strike

Here is who Stoch beat to the award

Radamel Falcao

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ridiculous overhead kick against England missed the cut-off date but that sort of athleticism is on display in Falcao's effort against America de Cali.

Again reacting first to a corner, Atletico Madrid's Colombian hitman Falcao flung his body into the air and sent a vicious strike past the bewildered goalkeeper.

Neymar

Neymar's goal is a different type to the other two, its brilliance coming in the form of a hip twisting, dizzying dribble.

Showing poise, grace and fearlessness the Santos star weaved his way in and out of Internacional players before tucking the ball neatly home.

The skill involved in his solo effort is no surprise – the Brazilian won the 2011 Puskas award for a wonderful goal against Flamengo.

And the rest of the FIFA Puskas award nominees

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Sweden add verb "to Zlatan" to national dictionary

In honour of our genius! Swedes add verb 'to Zlatan' to national dictionary

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13:58 GMT, 27 December 2012

Wonder goal: Ibrahimovic celebrates his stunning long-range overhead kick against England

Wonder goal: Ibrahimovic celebrates his stunning long-range overhead kick against England

Sweden has added the verb ‘to Zlatan’ to their national dictionary.

In the country’s latest way of honouring their footballing hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish Language Council has approved the term, since it has been increasingly used in conversation by Swedes referring to an outlandishly talented action.

The word was originally coined on Les Guignols, a popular satirical puppet show – similar to Spitting Image – from French station Canal Plus, whose characters are in awe of the PSG striker.

To recognise this, the Swedes have even acknowledged the original French spelling of ‘zlataner’, simply tweaking to create ‘zlatanera’ and officially defined it as ‘from the French: to dominate on and off the field.’

Ibrahimovic is currently Ligue 1’s top scorer having netted 18 times for the Parisians. While he is a natural showman, he admitted that he does not rehearse his goal celebrations.

‘When I score a goal, I never know in advance how I will celebrate, given (I’m) the current top scorer in the championship,’ he told RMC Sport.

‘There is so much adrenaline. Timing is everything, the environment, my mood. This is pure emotion.’

Many players have lent their names to particular moves before, but affording their overall brilliance to a verb is a first.

Johann Cruyff was honoured with the ‘Cruyff turn’ and the 360-degree turn has been attributed to Garrincha – although both Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona have staked claim to this.

PSG are currently leading Ligue 1 on goal difference, ahead of Lyon and Marseille and face Valencia in the last 16 of the Champions League in February.

Talisman: Ibrahimovic is the leading scorer in the French top division with 18 goals

Talisman: Ibrahimovic is the leading scorer in the French top division with 18 goals

Goal of the year – FIFA Puskas award 2012 – Radamel Falcao, Neymar and Miroslav Stoch

Who scored the goal of the year Vote for Falcao, Neymar or Stoch for the FIFA Puskas award 2012

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20:05 GMT, 30 November 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of these goals is the finest of them all

Arguably the best striker in the world, Radamel Falcao, dynamic starlet Neymar and the player best known for failing to break through at Chelsea, Miroslav Stoch, are the three players who could win the 2012 FIFA Puskas award.

The contenders: Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch

The contenders: Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch

But although the Slovakian Stoch, who plays for
Turkish side Fenebahce, is not as highly-rated as the
other two, his goal certainly deserves its place in the reckoning.

Stoch kept his cool and his balance to superbly volley into the top corner from the edge of the box against Genclerbirligi in a Turkish Super Lig match.

Miroslav Stoch

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ridiculous overhead kick against England missed the cut-off date but that sort of athleticism is on display in Falcao's effort against America de Cali.

Again reacting first to a corner, Atletico Madrid's Colombian hitman Falcao flung his body into the air and sent a vicious strike past the bewildered goalkeeper.

Radamel Falcao

Neymar's goal is a different type to the other two, its brilliance coming in the form of a hip twisting, dizzying dribble.

Showing poise, grace and fearlessness the Santos star weaved his way in and out of Internacional players before tucking the ball neatly home.

The skill involved in his solo effort is no surprise – the Brazilian won the 2011 Puskas award for a wonderful goal against Flamengo.

Neymar

Neymar's 2011 Puskas Award winning goal

Of course, as good as these goals are, every football fan will have a different suggestion as to which they think the best is.

Newcastle fans, for example, could be forgiven suggesting Papiss Cisse's extraordinary goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Lionel Messi's sumptuous strike against Brazil made the shortlist but not the final cut.

Lionel Messi

The FIFA prize will be awarded on January 7, at the same ceremony the Ballon d'Or winner is announced. It is named after legendary Hungary striker Ferenc Puskas.

Sepp Blatter said at the award's inauguration: 'It is important to preserve the memory of those footballing greats who have left their mark on our history.

'Ferenc Puskas was not only a player with immense talent who won many honours, but also a remarkable man.

'FIFA is therefore delighted to pay tribute to him by dedicating this award to his memory.'

Cristiano Ronaldo won the first edition, in 2009, with Hamit Altintop and Neymar following him.

You can vote for which you think is the best here: http://www.fifa.com/ballondor/puskasaward/index.html

Why not tell us your favourite goal of the year in the comments section below

Phillipe Mexes scores wonder goal in AC Milan v Anderlecht

Better than Ibrahimovic Mexes scores incredible overhead kick for AC Milan… and he's a DEFENDER!

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09:20 GMT, 22 November 2012

Could this goal be as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ingenious propeller-kick against England

Phillipe Mexes scored AC Milan's second goal against Anderlecht as they beat the Belgian side 3-1 in Champions League Group C.

In sensational style, the French defender chested a lofty set-piece on the edge of the area before launching himself in pursuit of the ball and connecting with a sweet overhead kick.

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

The centre half's volley looped across the box, over the helpless goalkeeper and into the top corner.

Mexes' wonderful goal comes soon after Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden against England in Stockholm.

The giant Swede latched onto an errant Joe Hart header from 25 yards out for his masterful fourth goal.

BETTER THAN THIS… RE-LIVE IBRAHIMOVIC'S WONDER GOAL

Before the ball could hit the ground Ibrahimovic had thrown himself into the air, swung his boot at the ball and fired it over Hart and into the empty England goal, being dubbed one of the greatest goals ever in the process.

Milan's win at Anderlecht meant
they will join Malaga in the knockout stages. Stephan El Shaarawy put the Italians in front before Bram Nuytinck was sent off for Anderlecht.

After Mexes scored the Ibrahimovic Mark II goal, Tom De Sutter clawed one back for the Belgians before Alexandre Pato fired home the third.

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

Malaga went through as Group C
winners despite blowing an early 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Zenit St
Petersburg in Russia. Diego Buonanotte and Sebastian Fernandez put the
Spaniards in front with just nine minutes gone, before Danny and Viktor
Fayzulin rescued a point.

Manchester City went out of the competition after drawing 1-1 at home to Real Madrid in Group D.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund guaranteed progression as group winners with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a 4-1 thrashing of Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Lewandowski put the in-form Germans out of sight by half-time, and after Lewandowski had added his second of the night, Danny Hoesen grabbed a consolation for the home side with four minutes left.

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Porto and Paris St Germain will play off in Paris next month to determine the winners of Group A after both sides underlined their progression to the knockout stages with easy wins tonight.

Porto remain a point clear at the top of the group after a 3-0 home win over pointless Dinamo Zagreb, Lucho Gonzalez putting them ahead in the 20th minute before second-half strikes from Joao Moutinho and Silvestre Varela.

And the French side also rubber-stamped their qualification with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine, with Ezequiel Lavezzi opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time and adding a second soon after the break.

Christian Fuchs scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute as Schalke 04 beat Olympiakos to ensure qualification from Group B and give them a one-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal.

Champions League round-up: Phillipe Mexes scores wonder goal

Champions League round-up: Better than Zlat Mexes scores remarkable overhead kick to help AC Milan progress with Malaga

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23:09 GMT, 21 November 2012

Could this goal be as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ingenious propeller-kick against England

Phillipe Mexes scored AC Milan's second goal against Anderlecht as they beat the Belgian side 3-1 in Champions League Group C.

In sensational style, the French defender chested a lofty set-piece on the edge of the area before launching himself in pursuit of the ball and connecting with a sweet overhead kick.

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

The centre half's volley looped across the box, over the helpless goalkeeper and into the top corner.

Mexes' wonderful goal comes soon after Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden against England in Stockholm.

The giant Swede latched onto an errant Joe Hart header from 25 yards out for his masterful fourth goal.

Before the ball could hit the ground Ibrahimovic had thrown himself into the air, swung his boot at the ball and fired it over Hart and into the empty England goal, being dubbed one of the greatest goals ever in the process.

Milan's win at Anderlecht meant
they will join Malaga in the knockout stages. Stephan El Shaarawy put the Italians in front before Bram Nuytinck was sent off for Anderlecht.

After Mexes scored the Ibrahimovic Mark II goal, Tom De Sutter clawed one back for the Belgians before Alexandre Pato fired home the third.

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

Malaga went through as Group C
winners despite blowing an early 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Zenit St
Petersburg in Russia. Diego Buonanotte and Sebastian Fernandez put the
Spaniards in front with just nine minutes gone, before Danny and Viktor
Fayzulin rescued a point.

Manchester City went out of the competition after drawing 1-1 at home to Real Madrid in Group D.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund guaranteed progression as group winners with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a 4-1 thrashing of Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Lewandowski put the in-form Germans out of sight by half-time, and after Lewandowski had added his second of the night, Danny Hoesen grabbed a consolation for the home side with four minutes left.

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Porto and Paris St Germain will play off in Paris next month to determine the winners of Group A after both sides underlined their progression to the knockout stages with easy wins tonight.

Porto remain a point clear at the top of the group after a 3-0 home win over pointless Dinamo Zagreb, Lucho Gonzalez putting them ahead in the 20th minute before second-half strikes from Joao Moutinho and Silvestre Varela.

And the French side also rubber-stamped their qualification with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine, with Ezequiel Lavezzi opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time and adding a second soon after the break.

Christian Fuchs scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute as Schalke 04 beat Olympiakos to ensure qualification from Group B and give them a one-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal.

Win Zlatan Ibrahimovic boots that scored greatest goal against England

Fancy owning the boots that scored the greatest goal! Ibrahimovic's signed boots up for grabs (but there's no guarantee it will help you master the 'propeller' kick)

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18:05 GMT, 15 November 2012

Fancy getting your hands on the football boots that scored the greatest goal in history Well, now you can. The boots worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday night's victory over England are up for sale for charity.

His final goal – that amazingly acrobatic 'propeller' kick finish from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Joe Hart red-faced – has been hailed all day as one of the finest ever scored.

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a stunning overhead kick

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a stunning overhead kick

Big hearted: Ibrahimovic handed his prize boots to Jonas Olsson (left)

Big hearted: Ibrahimovic handed his prize boots to Jonas Olsson (left)

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, Ibrahimovic's international team-mate, has made the boots available on his just giving page.

He tweeted: 'Chance to win the almighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic's signed boots, worn yesterday against England!! Min 5 donation at http://justgiving.com/Jonas-Olsson'

Anyone who donates will enter a pot and the winner of the boots will be randomly picked.

The money raised will go to The Winnicott Foundation, which helps to care for some of the most fragile premature and critically ill newborn babies and their families.

As Olsson explains on his page: 'Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Jonas Olsson tweet

Big prize: Olsson reveals donation on Twitter (above) and his JustGiving page (below)

Jonas Olsson justgiving page

'Me and my partner Frida have set this up to reach awareness of premature births. Its very close to our hearts as our beloved daughter Iris Annabelle was born seven weeks early.

'The care, help and support we received from our local hospital was truly amazing and we wish this for everyone cooping with the same situation.

'To help promote the cause I will regulary auction some of my personal football items such as shirts, shoes etc. I will use my twitter account @J_OlssonViasat to notify everyone when the items are ready for donations.

'All donations are made through this page. Minimum 5 donations and I will randomly pick a winner (please leave twitter details or email address with donations). The target is to raise 10,000.'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic snubbed Arsenal over Arsene Wenger trial offer

How Arsenal lost out on Ibrahimovic… and the four words that will chill Wenger's heart: 'Zlatan doesn't do trials'

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14:41 GMT, 15 November 2012

As if Arsene Wenger does not have enough on his plate with the North London derby around the corner – he didn't need Zlatan Ibrahimovic rubbing salt in the wound.

When the Paris St German superstar became the first man to score four goals against England – the final acrobatic effort hailed by captain Steven Gerrard as 'the greatest ever' – it would only remind the Arsenal manager of the one that got away.

Back in 2000, before Ibrahimovic’s first big move to Ajax, Wenger invited him over to Highbury with a view to signing him. The only proviso was that he would have to go through a token training session at the club as part of the preamble or Wenger was not prepared to sign him.

Nemesis: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has plagued Arsenal, hitting a penalty for AC Milan last season and a brace for Barcelona in 2010 in the Champions League

Nemesis: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has plagued Arsenal, hitting a penalty for AC Milan last season and a brace for Barcelona in 2010 in the Champions League

Nemesis: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has plagued Arsenal, hitting a hat-trick for AC Milan last season and a brace for Barcelona in 2010 in the Champions League

But the Arsenal boss was not accustomed to Ibrahimovic’s infamous arrogance — and his nuance for a one-liner — when he turned round to his potential employer: 'Zlatan doesn’t do trials'.

The player himself chuckled as he recently related this tale to French journalists, before adding: ‘He then gave me one of his funny Wenger looks.’

Having lost Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, you can bet Wenger is not finding it so funny now.

Breathtaking: Ibrahimovic scored four goals against England in Stockholm on Wednesday night, including this incredilbe overhead kick from 25 yards

Breathtaking: Ibrahimovic scored four goals against England in Stockholm on Wednesday night, including this incredilbe overhead kick from 25 yards

Roberto Mancini craves Zlatan Ibrahimovic… Manchester City wanted to sign Swede when he left Barcelona

EXCLUSIVE: Mancini craves Ibrahimovic… he wanted to sign the Swede when he left Barca – but even Manchester City can't afford Zlatan the ego

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12:46 GMT, 15 November 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the one player Roberto Mancini craves above all others.

The problem, however, is that the 31-year-old Swede is the one player in world football that even Manchester City cannot afford.

Sportsmail understands that Mancini wanted to sign Ibrahimovic when he left Barcelona for AC Milan in the summer of 2011. The Italians, though, had first option on the striker after a successful season-long loan at the San Siro.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester City Manager Roberto

The one that I want: Man City manager Roberto Mancini (right) is a hug admirer of Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored all four against England last night (left)

City's coaching staff have long-since grown used to Mancini singing the Sweden star's praises to them, frequently describing him as 'the complete' forward.

Ibrahimovic has the ego to match his vast salary. Zlatan’s autobiography was described as ‘the height of self-indulgence’. And for good reason – it was titled I, Zlatan.

Now at Paris St Germain, he is reportedly paid a whopping 11.5m a year by the French club's Qatari owners.

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How he did it: Ibrahimovic scores his sensational overhead kick in Stockholm last night

How he did it: Ibrahimovic scores his sensational overhead kick in Stockholm last night

Red carpet lifestyle: Ibrahimovic is honoured with his name at the Walk of Fame of Sports at the Stadium Square in his hometown Malmo

Red carpet lifestyle: Ibrahimovic is honoured with his name at the Walk of Fame of Sports at the Stadium Square in his hometown Malmo

Only Samuel Eto'o in world football is paid more – reportedly 16m a year – by Russian billionaires Anzhi Makhachkala.

But it is that vast salary which would remain the biggest stumbling block to Mancini signing Ibrahimovic. Such wages, coupled with an estimated 50million transfer fee for a player the wrong side of 30, would be too much for even City's brand of Arab owners based in Abu Dhabi.

For the past five years Ibrahimovic has been one of the five best paid players in the world.

Despite these financial hurdles, bookmaker Ladbrokes believe last night's slayer of England could be moving to the Barclays Premier League soon.

Ibrahimovic unveiled at Paris Saint Germain

Cameroon football team captain and Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala player Samuel Eto'o

Top dollar: Ibrahimovic signs a three-year 11.5m-a-year deal at PSG (left) and the highest-paid player in the world Samuel Eto'o (right)

Following his wonder strike last night the bookies make Ibrahimovic just 2/1 to take in the Premier League on his European club tour before retirement. He's also been cut to 50/1 for the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: 'We'd love to see Ibrahimovic light up the Premier League.'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Wondergoal v England proves I"m as good as Lionel Messii

I'm as good as Messi… and now my English critics can shut up, boasts Zlatan

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09:34 GMT, 15 November 2012

The greatest goal ever scored

VIDEO: Watch Zlatan's incredible propeller-kick (then watch it again… and again…and again)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes his wonder goal against Roy Hodgson's men will see him at last compared with the likes of Lionel Messi in England.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward showed audacious flexibility with a 30-yard propeller kick to score his fourth goal in Sweden’s 4-2 victory.

He has often been criticised for his performances against English clubs in the Champions League — but four goals in 70 minutes showed his true class.

Have you ever seen anything like it Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an incredible 25-yard overhead kick against England

Have you ever seen anything like it Zlatan scored an incredible 25-yard overhead kick against England

Afterwards he said: ‘That’s the way it is with the English. If you score against them you’re a good player, if you don’t score against them you’re not a good player.’

‘I remember Lionel Messi before the 2009 Champions League Final. Then he scored against Manchester United and suddenly he was the best player in the world.

‘Maybe now they’ll say something like that about me.

‘Hart was a long way out and I was just trying to get it into the goal. I was on the ground when it was on the way in.

‘I saw a defender sliding in to try to get rid of it and I wanted to scream “No” but the ball went in.'

Sweden boss Erik Hamren said Ibrahomovic’s fourth goal should not even be possible.

Getting shirty: Ibrahimovic celebrates his 'Goal from the Gods'at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

Getting shirty: Ibrahimovic celebrates his 'Goal from the Gods'at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

‘I don’t know if you will see another like it in your life. It was like watching a video game. Sometimes, when he’s doing these things, in training or in matches, you don’t think it’s possible. Because it’s not possible to do that – the fourth goal, for example.’

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who won his 100th cap in the match, said: ‘I have mixed emotions. Obviously I am very proud for myself, getting to 100 caps and really pleased with the lads for large parts of the game.

‘I thought we controlled the game and did not look like losing it – but sometimes you have to hold your hands up to an individual special performance.

‘This was a world-class performance from a world-class player in Ibrahimovic. It (the fourth goal) is the best goal I have seen live.

Awesome foursome: Ibra scored four goals in the friendly win over England, including a piledriver of a free-kick

Awesome foursome: Ibra scored four goals in the friendly win over England, including a piledriver of a free-kick

‘I think the best goal I have seen before that is Wayne Rooney’s (against Manchester City).

‘Everyone knows how special that was but this one tonight – an overhead kick from 25 yards when the ball is six feet in the air – only certain players can do that.

‘He is a special player.’

Gerrard was happy to pay compliments in person to Ibrahimovic.

He said: ‘I congratulated him after that. He said some nice things about me before the game which was really nice.

‘If I could return the compliment I would say that was one of the best individual performances I have seen.

‘He is not everyone’s cup of tea but he is certainly mine.’

All hail Zlatan: Ibrahimovic proved himself a player of the highest class with his four-goal salvo

All hail Zlatan: Ibrahimovic proved himself a player of the highest class with his four-goal salvo

Gerrard received warm applause from the home crowd in recognition of his century of caps but is now focusing on helping England qualify for the next World Cup.

He said: ‘That was really touching. All the support I have had from you lads (in the media) my family, friends and people in the game has touched me.

‘All eyes were on me and there was extra pressure and excitement.

‘Now I am glad it is out of the way and I focus on getting us to the next World Cup. That is the big challenge.’

P.S. And Ibra might just have a point…

On the night that Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four brilliant goals against England, including perhaps the greatest goal ever scored, Lionel Messi was firing blanks against the might of… Saudi Arabia.

A side that included Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria could not break down the stubborn Saudi defence, which has been more notable in the past for leaking eight goals to Germany in the 2002 World Cup than keeping clean sheets.

So, who's the best player in the world now, Leo

Tough night: Lionel Messi (centre) could not inspire Argentina to victory over Saudi Arabia in Riyadh

Tough night: Lionel Messi (centre) could not inspire Argentina to victory over Saudi Arabia in Riyadh

Tough night: Lionel Messi (centre) could not inspire Argentina to victory over Saudi Arabia in Riyadh

... but these Messi fans did not seem to care that the Barcelona superstar was not at his best on the night

… but these Messi fans did not seem to care that the Barcelona superstar was not at his best on the night

See the wonder goal here…