VIDEO: Zlatan’s kung-fu kick goal assist

Swedish superstar showed off his kung-fu skills with a cheeky backflick to help set up a goal in another routine win for his club side Paris Saint-Germain.

VIDEO: Zlatan's kung-fu kick goal assist
Zlatan when PSG met Bastia in October 2013. File photo: TT

The Malmö native, who holds a black belt in taekwondo, showed off his martial arts skills to superb effect by leaping into the air to execute a back-flick to tee up team-mate Ezequiel Lavezzi who scored. 

Ibrahimovic, nicknamed Ibracadabra for his dramatic antics on the pitch, had earlier opened the scoring for PSG in their 3-0 away win over Bastia. He followed his goal and kung-fu assist by setting up Lavezzi for the killer third goal.

PSG's win stretches their advantage at the top of Ligue 1 to eight points over rivals Monaco. Ibrahimovic is also top of the scoring charts with 23 goals in the French top division so far.

"Our aim is to win matches, if that allows us to stretch out the gap we'd be delighted," PSG boss Laurent Blanc told AFP. 

The Parisian outfit will next be in action in midweek in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen and already have one foot in the quarter-finals after beating the German side 4-0 in the first leg.  

The Local/pr 

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Zlatan statue loses nose in latest Malmö vandalism

The statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmö has suffered its latest damage in a string of attacks by vandals.

Zlatan statue loses nose in latest Malmö vandalism
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

During Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday, the nose was sawed off the Zlatan statue and the effigy was also covered in silver paint, media including SVT report.

Since being unveiled in the presence of the world-famous footballer in October, the statue has been damaged on several occasions.

At the end of November, Zlatan announced his investment in rival team Hammarby, angering many fans of his hometown club Malmö FF.

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December has already seen paint poured over the statue and a foot sawn off, with this weekend’s incident adding to the list of crunching tackles against the Zlatan statue.

Police said on Sunday they would investigate the latest instance of vandalism.

“We have not received any reports but have been informed that damage has been seen by the public. We will go out there and make observations this morning,” Katarina Rusin, a press spokesperson for the police in the southern Sweden region, told SVT.