Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 17th career hat trick last night playing against Saint Etienne in Europa League last 32 first leg match. It was his first hat trick in Manchester United famous red shirt, and it was really a night for him to remember. Overwhelmed with his own performance, a self-admired Zlatan compared himself with Harrison Ford famous film character Indiana Jones.
“Every trophy for me is incredible; everywhere I came I won so if I can win something here I will be super happy. People that know me know that I play in many clubs and I try to do my best. Wherever I went I won – so I am like Indiana Jones.” Zlatan told BT Sports.
It quickly clicked my mind, Is Zlatan really football’s Indiana Jones? Everyone grows up watching Indiana Jones series. I’m a big fan of Harrison Ford as Dr. Henry Walton aka “Indiana Jones”, so as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Indiana Jones character revolves around an archaeological adventurer who looks to find the fortunes in archaeological artifacts. He was an unorthodox archaeological professor, and we loved him as a graved robber rather than an archaeologist. He goes on different journey, and he ends up with discovering great fortunes on his every adventurous trip.
It goes same with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has played in four different countries, and for six different clubs, and wherever he had been he has won silverware. Manchester United job landed him in his fifth country and to his seventh club and he won a silverware in his first outing. He has 31 trophies to his name, which include 13 league titles, 10 super cups, 6 cups and 2 international cup trophies.
Considering the fact, it seems like he is way ahead of Indiana Jones himself. Indiana Jones journey itself limited only to four adventurous trip considering the four installments of the film been released; Raiders of the Last Ark(1981), Indiana Jones and The Temple of Dooms(1984), Indiana Jones and the last Crusade(1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull(2008). It is expected Harrison Ford and Stephen Speilberg will work together again for the untitled fifth installment of the film in 2019, but they are late in trying out their fifth adventure.
Zlatan career involves five different countries, seven clubs & 31 trophies
Zlatan has already begin his fifth adventure. He is leading the scoring chart in Manchester United shirt, and has already won a trophy on his Man United debut. Now, he has 23 goals to his name with a hat trick, in Manchester United shirt from 32 appearances, which itself is an incredible achievement given his age.
At the age of 35, he is managing 25 goals in a season, and he is hungry for more trophies. He has already won FA Community Shield trophy on his Manchester United debut, and eyeing for his first success in Europe with Europa League. Manchester United is in fifth round of FA Cup, and they are already in EFL Cup final. He can win four trophies in his first year itself for Manchester United taking his career total to thirty-four trophies.
He started his career at Malmo, but he rose to prominence at Ajax. During his four-year stay at Ajax, Swede wins two league titles and two Cups. In 2004, he moved to Juventus, Italy. He added two more trophies in Italy Serie A following year and earned himself the name of brand “Ibra.” Later a chaos occurred in match fixing scandal and Juve forced to play in Serie B, which helped Ibrahimovic to land into his childhood dream team Inter Milan.
During his three-year stay at Inter, he won five more trophies including three back to back Scudetto, and two Supercoppa Italiana. With two consecutive successes at Italian clubs, he made a move to Barcelona, Spain. He stayed with world’d best for only a season, but he end up winning maximum trophies in a single year. He finished there with winning two Supercoppa de Espana, Uefa Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and Laliga. It was a glorious year, but his relationship with then Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola never developed and he made a switch to AC Milan.
At Milan, he won Serie A once again, taking his Serie A title to six, and duly compliment it with Supercoppa Italiana. Nevertheless, it was his last stay in Italy; he made a move to France in 2012, making a decision to play for super-rich PSG. His four-year stay at PSG earned him twelve trophies, and during his stay PSG become the new powerhouse in football. Four back-to-back Ligue 1 title, two Coupe de France, three Coupe de la Ligue, and three Trophee des Champions trophies earned PSG a superpower in football.
It was already a great career for him, and he could have easily retired at PSG, but his hunger for more trophies and never say die approach forced him to look out for a new adventure. At 35, when most of us thought his career is finished, he renovated himself at Manchester United. Only in his 32 appearances for Red Devils, he scored 23 goals and forced us to believe in him. He truly is Indiana Jones, and if he manages another season at top flight, it shouldn’t surprise us.