Beckenbauer hails Ibrahimovic

Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be a serious candidate for this year's Ballon d'Or.

Last Updated: 25/10/13 at 17:53 Post Comment

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Received praise from Franz Beckenbauer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Received praise from Franz Beckenbauer

The Swedish striker is currently a 40/1 outsider in Sky Bet's market for the coveted award, behind favourites Lionel Messi (10/11) and Franck Ribery (11/4).

But the PSG hot-shot impressed in notching four goals in his side's 5-0 UEFA Champions League thrashing of Anderlecht in midweek and Beckenbauer - who twice lifted the Ballon d'Or in 1972 and 1976 - definitely thinks he has a chance.

Beckenbauer told L'Equipe: "I have a soft spot for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He scores a lot of goals, but moreover they are all amazingly beautiful.

"He is among the three best forwards in the world, there is no question about it.

"Perhaps will he make a surprise for the Ballon d'Or, who knows? He would deserve it. However I believe Ribery remains top favourite."

The 1991 Ballon d'Or winner Jean-Pierre Papin is also impressed by the Parisian forward.

"Ballon d'Or? Since Wednesday's match it is possible. He impressed everyone with goals that got people's attention," he told L'Equipe.

"Marco van Basten got the 1992 Ballon d'Or after twice scoring four goals in one week with AC Milan against Gothenburg and Napoli."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Scholes: Bale 'perfect' for United

Paul Scholes says Gareth Bale would be "a natural fit" for Manchester United and believes the winger could have the same impact as Eric Cantona.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers anterior cruciate ligament damage

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

Mark Hughes signs new contract with Stoke City to summer 2018

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed a new contract with the club which runs until the summer of 2018.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company