Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with 32nd trophy after EFL Cup success

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was pictured in good spirits after picking up the 32nd trophy of his career following a match-winning performance over Southampton in the League Cup final.

The Swede opened the scoring against Claude Puel’s side with a thunderous free-kick after just 19 minutes.

He then provided a moment that would go down in history: an 87th minute header that handed Man United their first major trophy of the Jose Mourinho era.

The 35-year-old, now with 26 goals this season, was seen posing with the trophy in the dressing room at full-time.

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It should be perhaps noted that, in terms of ‘major’ trophies, Zlatan only has a modest total of 22, gathered over a 15 year period. Liverpool, in turn, have claimed 44 major honours in 124 years – further evidence pointing towards the fact that the 35-year-old has bended the axioms of possibility throughout his career, somehow refusing to obey the natural laws of ageing.

His disposition to point towards 32 trophies – and not 22 – is not necessarily a mark of conceit, but instead a hallmark of how his persona works: he always demands the best, all the time, without question, and Sunday’s win over Southampton was another case in point.

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