Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax v NAC Breda, 2004)

Every month in FourFourTwo, a player remembers and talks us through his best ever goal. Here's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, thinking fondly about his legendary jinking run for Ajax in 2004...

“In 2004, I was at Ajax and Juve were about to sign me. [Rafael] Van der Vaart wasn’t speaking to me because he said I injured him in training on purpose. I didn’t.

When I entered the pitch for the game against Breda, the Ajax fans whistled me as they supported Van der Vaart. He was injured and could not play.

I did play, scored twice and made four assists. For one of the goals, I received the ball with 
a defender on my back. Another tried to challenge me but I kept the ball from both. Then I turned and saw the goal.

I was going towards the goal dribbling past players – bam, bam, bam – as 
I searched for a moment to shoot. It did not come so I kept on going past different players. Then I was past the goalkeeper.

I decided to go backwards to get a better angle to score. 
I went past the same player again. I used to play with him, but didn’t realise it. He said to me: ‘Zlatan, I thought we were friends.’ I apologised because 
I didn’t realise it was a former team-mate. It was my best goal.

Van der Vaart? His reaction was his problem. I did not care. The next day I signed for Juve.”

Interview: Andy Mitten. Illustration: German Aczel. From the November 2010 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe!