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Ibrahimovic - A Timeless Classic
By CJennett, 23-09-2021

After using him for about 600 games last year, of course he was the first card I was going to get this year.

He only cost me 1.6k, has 5* skills and can finish his dinner (Which at this stage of the game is severely underrated).

His record for me so far is 10 matches 24 goals (These are all in rivals, admittedly I did play at 2200 skill rating last year).

Overall, he's very good as a solo striker, I wouldn't suggest using another faster striker along-side him as he can finish on both feet and is fantastic in the centre to hold play up or meet a cross.

4411, 4231, 433, these all work a treat with Zlatan. The goalkeepers have been ridiculous so far, but he still keeps scoring absolute bangers.

For 1.6k this guy is a GEM.

Shooting: Need I say anymore? He of course has incredible shooting stats, but this card is reliable. If you're able to get him facing towards goal, use a brief skill move to get half a yard and just hit it, goal.

Passing: He actually does Ibra acrobatics in the game now?!? I did a fancy pass and he did some sort of mid-air extended back-heel flick which lead to a goal, that sort of thing is why he's my favourite player. To do it in game is SO satisfying.

Dribbling: Now he's of course not the most agile or well balanced of chaps, but once you get the ball with him his first touch is brilliant and you can just take the defender out of the game with one well placed eft stick dribble. Of course having 5* skills is huge, use any skill you want, he won't care, he'll just do it for you.

Physical: this guy is a MONSTER. He bullies literally everyone! Makes it so much easier to keep the ball with him and hold up play for your midfield to pull forward. In the air he's mostly dominant, you'll see inconsistency against someone like VVD but for the most part wins every header.

Pace: Now of course this is a con in comparison to other players, but you really shouldn't be trying to break through the back-line with this card. Play to his strengths and the pace is irrelevant. But he is slow.

Dribbling: Agility and Balance can be inconsistent, he may just fall over for some reason and piss you off.

Stamina: Not fantastic, play him to stay forward with conservative interceptions - I can get 90 out of him but he's at about 15-20% fitness..

Formation: 4231
Position: ST
Games: 10
GPG: 2.40
APG: 0.20
Pace (5/10)
Shooting (10/10)
Passing (7/10)
Dribbling (7/10)
Defending (5/10)
Physicality (10/10)
Unironically a menace in this game
By salmonsnake, 17-10-2021

Used with Hunter, but other chem styles should be tried. I have no idea how big of a difference 65 vs 75 pace makes for him.

Zlatan is really good in this game, he will need to be subbed out with his stamina but those 60-70 minutes he can contribute he is actually insane. On target man he will not make stupid runs where he will absolutely not make it to the ball, but instead he is essentially a midfielder in the build up play. You can pass it to him and he actually can hit a perfectly placed through ball every once in a while. Once you get the ball to the box, Ibra will look for a pocket of space where he can receive the ball, do a skill move to get a better angle and fire an actual rocket into the top bin. Best finisher I have used so far and it really isn't close. Also if there is no shot opportunity he is strong enough so you can shield the ball to find a passing angle. With him and Lautaro on the pitch at the same time you can actually score direct corners at an acceptable rate. You will need to build the team to suit his skillset, but he essentially negates the fact how poor finishers early game meta cards are.

  • Insane shot
  • Finds good amount of space in the box
  • If he doesn't find enough space, you have 5 star skills at you disposal to find a new angle.
  • A good passer
  • Corner threat
  • Long shots
  • Strength

Pretty obvious, but

  • Literally impossible to do left stick dribbling within 3 miles of an opponent
  • Slow, but can make it to the box in time for you to pass it to him
  • Really bad stamina, and no subs in the entire game who can fill his role, so you have to change the way you play when he comes off
  • Ibra is not playing for your team, your team is playing for Ibra. You have to be committed to playing to his strengths to make anything work.
Formation: 442-2
Position: ST
Games: 7
GPG: 1.43
APG: 0.43
Pace (3/10)
Shooting (10/10)
Passing (8/10)
Dribbling (5/10)
Defending (1/10)
Physicality (3/10)