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Zlatan Ibrahimovic finishes his four-goal day with a 30-yard bicycle kick

Nov 14, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

Capping an amazing day of individual brilliance, Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives us one of the best goals we’ll ever see. While that may sound like the type of exaggeration that you hear far too often nowadays, there are few superlatives that would be exaggeration when applied to this, a 30-yard bicycle kick for Ibrahimovic’s fourth goal of the day.

Sure, Joe Hart did his part to set that up, but let’s be glad he did! That was amazing. Absolutely incredible. Just his ability to get that ball on target, from that far.

Look at how high his leg is as he follows through, his body corkscrewing with the momentum of his kick. For those people who don’t like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, just ask how many people are even physically capable of pulling off that type of play, let alone pulling it out in live, split-second action. Arjen Robben would have popped his spleen.

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Without a doubt, this is the best thing to happen all day, and while some may tsk at its significance, remember: It was his fourth of fourth goals.  The guy had a hat trick before even trying that bicycle kick, and given the amount of derision English soccer (as a culture) has cast toward Ibrahimovic, the outburst serves as a small piece of revenge from one of the world’s best players.

Here are all the goals, Ibrahimovic leading Sweden to a 4-2 win over England:


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  1. east96st - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Any chance NBC can use it’s considerable influence and deep pockets to get you guys a source of HD clips? Love to have access to clips to games I didn’t see, it’s a huge benefit of the site for me. But 360p just looks awful to start, and when you try to expand to fill your screen, it’s just unwatchable.

  2. wfjackson3 - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    You know, its not just the bicycle kick that was amazing for me. Baseball fans will be familiar with “hitting for the cycle,” which is getting a single, double, triple, and home run in a single game. That is basically what Ibrahimavic did in this game. He had a long free kick, an acrobatic distance bicycle, a chest trap one time shot that never hit the ground, and a side foot stab shot that made me question physics. Truly outstanding display of the range of scoring abilities all around.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    It looks quite spectacular, but seems like rather a flukey shot, aided in no small part by the goalie being a couple of kilometers away from his proper position. And how come we can’t thumbs-up/down on this blog like we can on the baseball and hockey ones? I’m sure folks are frustrated they can’t down this comment, lol. :-)

  4. mogogo1 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Absolutely a great goal taking amazing skill. But to be the best ever I’d expect multiple defenders to have been beaten, the ball to arch around as if guided by lasers to find the impossible opening, etc. He’s kicking into an empty net because the goalie made a gigantic blunder.

  5. Mark Warschauer - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Yes, that’s an amazing kick and a great goal, and it capped off an amazing game for him. But, though I’m not a big soccer fan, I find it hard to believe that that is the greatest soccer goal ever. When I think of some things like the greatest basketball goal, or basketball pass, or (American) football catch, or football run, they are much more spectacular than that. Since soccer is played by tens of millions around the world, I have a feeling there have been more amazing goals than that!

  6. dallasstars9 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I am not a fan of soccer and there is no way this is the goal of the year, century, or otherwise.

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