Zlatan Ibrahimovic trolls England with ‘God Save the Queen’ bicycle kick
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is making the most of his summer after a sound 2019-20 season with AC Milan. The Swedish international couldn’t help but go back to the archive and remember what’s likely the best goal of his career, a thumping 30-yard bicycle kick that hung England goalkeeper Joe Hart as Sweden bagged a 4-2 win in 2012.
Ibrahimovic took to social media on Tuesday to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his sweet, Puskas award-winning goal. The jokester didn’t miss the chance to throw an extra jab with the caption with: “God Save the Queen.”
God Save the Queen pic.twitter.com/4wIC8lwn5A
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) August 11, 2020
A lot of things worth noting here. First off, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was 30 years old when he pulled off this majestic bicycle kick after a poor Joe Hart clearance. The sound of the strike itself was so pure that it became a no-brainer choice for the Puskas award in 2013 — also a rare national team goal selection, especially in a non-World Cup year.
He was also the author of all four goals for a Sweden side that dismantled The Three Lions in that exhibition game, with this Zlatan Ibrahimovic bicycle kick being just the cherry on top.
Here’s a look at this peach of a goal:
Now retired from the Sweden national team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic recreated his goal while vacationing on his yacht in St. Tropez — and the similarities are remarkable.
Besides the facial hair, not a thing has changed about the AC Milan striker, still long, athletic, and incredibly limber to pull off that same feat from underwater, which is no easy feat.
When Ibra isn’t celebrating some of his previous accolades, he’s diving off his superyacht — a “lion on land” and a “shark at sea.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also in the midst of contract negotiations with AC Milan to return to the San Siro, reportedly still $2.3 million apart in a deal that would keep him a proud Bianconeri for the 2020-21 season.