Best XI (Part 2): Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s All-time Greatest XI

Best XI (Part 2): Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s All-time Greatest XI

Primarily a striker, Zlatan is a prolific goalscorer. People best know him for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. Ibrahimovic is the second most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 33 trophies in his career. Below is Zlatan’s best XI ever:

11. Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

For Zlatan, Buffon is like a “wall”. Buffon has an outstanding shot-stopping” and is a vocal organizer of the defense and a key dressing room personality. The Italian goalkeeper is regarded by players, like Zlatan, pundits, and managers to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

10. Right Back: Lilian Thuram

Zlatan calls him “the animal”. Thuram is the most capped player in the history of the France national team with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008. He was a quick, powerful and versatile player, competent both offensively and defensively.

9. Central Defender: Thiago Silva

After moving to Europe to join Milan in 2009, Silva established himself as one of the highest rated defenders in the world. Thiago was one of the expensive defenders in football history when he signed him for a reported €42 million. For Zlatan, Thiago is a complete defender.

8. Central Defender: Fabio Cannavaro

Ibrahimovic says Cannavaro is “the Pitbull”. Cannavaro is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time. He spent the majority of his career in Italy. On June 9, 2016, he signed a contract with second-tier Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian as manager.

7. Left Back: Scherrer Maxwell


Maxwell is one the most honored football player with 33 trophies to this name. Zlatan stated that the Brazilian is “elegant”. Simple as that!

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