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VIDEO: Zlatan Ibrahimovic making French football look too easy

After another wonderful goal against Nantes, Ibrahimovic agent asks his player to stop scoring so many wonderful goals.

In an interview with magazine France Football, agent Mina Raiola joked that he has asked his client, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to stop scoring sensational goals as he feels that the Swedish forward is making Ligue 1 look “really easy”.

Raiola’s comments came after the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored an audacious volley to give his side the lead in Tuesday’s Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Nantes. Superbly lobbing goalkeeper, Remy Riou from 35-yards, the Swede would also score a 90th minute winner, firing his side into the cup final that will be played at the Stade de France in April.

Goal Ibrahimović - Nantes 0-1 PSG - 04-02-2014... par all-goals-Highlights

“When he scored that [first] goal, I laughed. It looked like he was playing with my children,” Raiola joked in an interview with France Football.

“I said to him after the game, 'Please, stop scoring goals like that because otherwise people will think French football is really easy; it's like you're playing with kids.'”

The goal against Nantes is just another in a long line of wonderful goals that Ibrahimovic has scored since joining the Parisian club from AC Milan. He recently won the FIFA Puskas award for his wonderful overhead-kick for Sweden against England. He is also set to be awarded the best goal award in Ligue 1 this season, for an out of this world over-the-head back-heel against Bastia earlier this season.

In the build up to Sunday night’s big match against Monaco, Ibrahimovic missed a couple of training sessions this week with back problems. It didn’t stop him completely ignoring Raiola’s comments, expertly knocking the ball past his teammate during training, with his knee!

The Swedish international has been ruled fit for Sunday’s crucial clash against Monaco, and with Edinson Cavani ruled out, it will be up to Mina Raiola’s client to ignore his jokes and fire Paris Saint-Germain towards their second consecutive league title.

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