The Manchester United frontman has shown that he is the ultimate No.9. Zlatan talks to FourFourTwo about dealing with defenders' dirty tactics and who were the toughest centre-backs to play against.
"I try to anticipate what is going to happen before I get the ball; where my opponents and team-mates are and where they will be in a few seconds. I look and sense and know what certain players are likely to do. But it's also impossible to get it right every time. Those who get it right the most are the better players. That's the difference between a top-class player and a simple one - the best players think alike."
"Many defenders will tug or push you. You have to be prepared for everything and not underestimate them. They will do this because they are weak and you are strong. A fantastic defender will not resort to this, but will play the game fairly. Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta were tough opponents, but I really respected them."
Coping with abuse
"Some defenders try to put you off, physically and verbally. Some have said things about my family - they call me a gypsy. My mother is from Croatia; my father, Bosnia. I was born in Sweden and felt 100 per cent Swedish, but that did not matter to them. I don't get so upset now. The key is to focus on what you have to do in the game, not on what's being said. One other thing to remember is that you have a responsibility to the team not to react. If you think that it's part of your job to stay calm, that can help."
Ibrahimovic wears Nike Pro Combat shorts, which provide compression technology, protection against cold weather and reduce risk of impact injures.