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Zlatan makes snow angel for Christmas

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to grab the attention even on Christmas Day as the Manchester United striker celebrated in a typically enigmatic style.

The 35-year-old released a video of himself wearing only underpants outside in the dark, lying down in the snow and creating a 'snow angel'.

Ibrahimovic spent time in his home country of Sweden earlier this month, which is when he may have encountered the snow, given temperatures in Manchester this week have been unusually mild.

After the Instagram video shows the former Paris St Germain player making the angel shape in the snow, Ibrahimovic performs four sit-ups before climbing up and running off camera, shivering.


Palace manager excited by seeing Ibrahimovic again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic started at Malmo. Credit: PA

Alan Pardew finally gets the chance to come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday, 18 years after first meeting the superstar striker.

At the start of his managerial career Pardew was on a scouting trip in Sweden when he was introduced to a 17-year-old Ibrahimovic.

The forward went on to have a stellar career with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris St Germain before joining Manchester United in the summer.

It has been a long time coming but Pardew is now relishing the chance to send his Crystal Palace side out against United and Ibrahimovic at Selhurst Park.

Coming up against Zlatan is one thing I've not done in my career and I'm looking forward to it.

I met him when he was 17 in Sweden. My wife is Swedish and her family all love him to bits. He's an icon there, almost god-like.

He always makes me smile, and he makes me smile as a person because I think he plays in the right spirit.

He probably doesn't remember but it was a social meeting and he carried himself well and spoke well, very professionally, even at a young age.

Can you imagine him here, or at Newcastle or West Ham? They'd have loved him. He's an infectious person, he represents the game in the right manner, he's a great talent and he's scored some wonder goals.

– Alan Pardew


Man Utd's Zlatan to be honoured with statue

Zlatan has been named Sweden's top player for the last 10 years in a row. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Sweden's top player for a 10th successive year and will have a statue erected in his honour outside the stadium where he embarrassed England.

The Manchester United forward received his 'Guldbollen' - Golden Ball - award at a ceremony in Stockholm, extending a run of successes that began in 2007.

Ibrahimovic, who also won the award in 2005 before losing out to Fredrik Ljungberg a year later, left Paris St Germain for Manchester United in the summer and has experienced mixed fortunes at his new home.

But in Sweden he continues to reign, despite bringing his international career to an end after Euro 2016. A bronze likeness of the 36-year-old, being created by artist Peter Linde, will soon stand outside the Friends Arena stadium in Stockholm, where Ibrahimovic scored a stunning overhead kick to cap a four-goal haul against England in November 2012.

Ibrahimovic said: "After all the hard work for 15 years in the national team, and 20 in my club career, it feels like it is appreciated. The guy from Rosengard will get his own statue in the capital. A big thank you to everyone.

"It's huge for me. Most people do not get a statue until they have passed away."

Ibrahimovic ended his international career with 62 goals in 116 games.

Zlatan admits he should have scored more for Man Utd

Zlatan scored two at Swansea. Credit: PA

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is happy with his recent performances despite missing a number of chances.

The Swede ended a run of six matches without a goal by scoring twice in Sunday's win at Swansea - his first Premier League goals since finding the net against Manchester City on September 10.

And, while he knows he could have added a few more to his tally, the 35-year-old is happy with how his first season in English football is going.

"I think I could have scored a couple more goals than I have done," he told Inside United.

"I missed pretty good chances which I didn't see myself doing but it's a different game here.

"With my performance, I am happy. I know I can do more, I know the team can do more and I want to do more and I will do more."

United's performances have also been patchy, with the win at the Liberty Stadium their first in five league matches which, combined with the EFL Cup and Europa League defeats to Chelsea and Fenerbahce respectively, has led to questions being asked about United's quality.

But Ibrahimovic is confident they will get it right.

"It will click," he said. "We just wait for the moment when everything is clicking among each other, not only inside the pitch, but outside it.

"I don't say things are bad because things are good. We've been a little unlucky in certain games but we believe and, when you believe, it will come.

"I like to train hard, that's my philosophy. If you train hard, you get what you want to get. Hard work pays back, according to me... and it does after 20 years of experience."

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