For Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Mexes, it was a simple case of “monkey see, monkey do.”
The two soccer players recently scored excellent goals. Both strikes — overhead kicks — required audacity, technique and a little bit of luck. Each was stunning and unexpected. Predictably, many commentators rate them among the best goals ever scored.
But which was better?
On Nov. 14, Ibrahimovic caused a stir around the world, scoring all four goals in Sweden’s victory over England. But it was his fourth that stood out above the rest.
The superstar striker volleyed a shot from 30 yards out into an empty net. His back was goal and he was closer to the sideline than he was to the center of the field. Did we mention that he used a bicycle kick? Or that he did it at the highest level, during a game involving national teams?
The 31-year-old Swede is one of the best players of his generation. He’s scored goals and won titles at every stop in his illustrious career. If there was one player who cou...