Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named as Eurosport’s European Player of the month for August.
The Swede came to Manchester United in July and has announced himself in characteristically emphatic style, netting four goals in as many games for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Ibrahimovic received 12,000 votes out of a possible 60,000 in a continent-wide poll, beating his nearest challenger – Juventus’ Sami Khedira – by almost 3,000 votes.
Players also in contention included Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Barcelona’s Arda Turan, but none of them came close to challenging the 34-year-old.
For a man with the small matter of 61 individual accolades – alongside 31 trophies – to his name, receiving such an award is probably tantamount with receiving the post every morning in the eyes of Ibrahimovic. Winning, whether it be on an individual or team level, is simply engrained in Zlatan’s DNA. He knows nothing else.
His most recent reward, however, is especially potent. It stands as a powerful slap around the face for the numerous rival pundits who dismissed Zlatan for his age, dismissing his record-breaking exploits in France by condemning Ligue 1 as ultimately inferior to the Premier League in terms of speed and quality.
But if Zlatan’s first month tells us anything, it’s this: the Swede is far from being finished, and is in fact just getting started.