In case you missed it before in the preview, it was announced that Inter forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is our SATO 2009 Serie A Most Valuable Player. Ibrahimovic plays in a league filled with stars at every position, but this season, Ibrahimovic was the best and brightest of them all. The forward proudly collected his SATO trophy at the end of the regular season.
“Ibs” (as we hear at SATO often refer to him) was hands-down the league’s best this season and, in a league filled with great clubs, soundly led his squad to the league title. The Swedish striker won games for his club by leading the league in goals with 25 while also leading his club in assists with 7. It would be the best numbers of the tall forward’s career and in the last five years not many have performed at Ibs’ level. Only one time since 2002 has Zlatan not scored at least ten goals in a year. The man has simply been one of the most consistent players in the game.
Ibrahimovic is currently in a slightly confusing position. There are rumors surfacing that the star Swedish player might be on the transfer fee move to Barcelona or Real Madrid. It seems as if Ibs has made the all-too-common mistake of playing too well. You see, if Ibs wasn’t such a great player then president’s of other league’s would not consider grossly overpaying for the star.
Currently Ibs value is set between the ranges of Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo, so regardless of what the amount ended up at it would be a ridiculous amount of money. But to SATO we value Ibrahimovic’s effort priceless because he is this year’s Best in the League.