No sooner had Adrian Mutu arrived in Corsica this summer than he developed a Napoleon complex. On signing for Ajaccio, he showed considerable bravado by accepting a wager that hadn’t even been made and took on someone much bigger, better and richer than himself.
That someone was his old mucker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had just performed a few kick-ups in front of the Eiffel Tower after completing his transfer from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain.
“I know Zlatan well [from our time at Juventus].” Mutu told RMC. “He is a good friend. We will again be rivals, but from a distance. I take the challenge to see who scores more. Even if he is in a better team, it is not a problem for me. I’d bet on it.”
What was Mutu thinking? It’s a refrain that perhaps best describes his playing career. Mutu has scored just twice in Ligue 1 this season. Zlatan, on the other hand, has already got 12 and leads the goalscoring charts. It’s the most prolific start to a campaign in France since Stéphane Guivarc’h went haring out of the traps for Rennes in 1996-97.
It’s been said before that Ibrahimovic is a giant. Standing on his shoulders, however, is Toulouse’s young whippersnapper Wissam Ben Yedder. “You’re going to catch Ibra!” his teammate Moussa Sissoko shouted after he scored his first ever top flight brace in an impressive 3-0 win against Lyon on Sunday. Those goals were Ben Yedder’s eighth and ninth of the season. No Frenchman has scored more in France this term.
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