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Monday, 22 December 2014

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ENGLAND fans referred to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a poor man’s Andy Carroll during Wednesday’s friendly.

Granted, both share a fondness of the ponytail and a reputation for being difficult to manage both on and off the pitch, but that’s where the comparison ends.

Carroll will never be in the same metaphorical league as the Swedish star, as was proven by what unfolded at the newly-opened Friends Arena.

There are very few moments when football literally leaves you speechless.

David Beckham’s free kick against Greece, Zinedine Zidane’s volley in the Champions League final, and Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner to secure the Premier League title are three.

And in injury time in Solna, the world witnessed another, as Ibra let fly with the most audacious acrobatic effort to score one of the greatest ever goals.

That 35 yard overhead kick was mind-blowing.

To have the skill, ability and bottle to try something so spectacular - and pull it off - proves beyond doubt that Ibra is one of the best footballers around.

His arrogance can be galling, but when you are as talented as him, why not tell everyone you’re the best, especially when you have the skills to back it up?

HOT-headed Joey Barton wants to see out his career in France.

On loan at Marseille from Queens Park Rangers, the midfielder said: “I would stay here for the rest of my career.”

A sentiment echoed by the whole of England.

DAVID Symington has quickly become Carlisle United’s go-to man.

The Workington teenager has lit up the Blues first team with some great performances.

The talented teenager has already scored in three major competitions, and looks to be the future for Greg Abbott’s side.

Symington has pace to burn, but is a threat with his quick feet.

This ability can only stand him in good stead to develop further and go higher than Carlisle will take him.

Symington is joined by Mark Gillespie, Brad Potts, Josh Todd and Mark Beck as the next generation of Brunton Park superstar, so it’s exciting times for United fans.

LIONEL Messi is the undisputed king of football.

Those are not just my views, but those of midfield schemer Anders Iniesta.

The Barcelona team-mates are both up for Fifa’s top award - the Ball d’Or - with the Argentine clear favourite.

Messi took his 2012 goals total to 76 with a brace against Mallorca.

Still only 25, and with his best years still to come, Messi is now just nine strikes behind Gerd Muller’s all-time record.

There is no doubting little magician is one of the best footballers ever to grace the beautiful game, and when he breaks Muller’s total, his place as No1 will be unquestionable.

MANCHESTER City are planning a shock move to land Liverpool enigma Luis Suarez.

Roberto Mancini is reportedly ready to open the bidding at £40 million.

The Anfield club would be foolish to sell, considering he is the only player scoring goals.

Like him or invariably not, Suarez is a fantastic footballer, but leaving Liverpool for a bit-part role on City’s bench is not a great move for any party.

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