Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani: The World’s Deadliest Strike Partnership

Every season, there continues to be a debate over what team has the deadliest strike partnership. While many are convinced that the days of a two striker formation are numbered, they seem to be proven wrong on occasion by a handful of exceptionally talented players who just cant stop scoring regardless of the league they play in.

At the forefront of this striker debate are Paris Saint-Germain. The Parisian giants bought the outspoken Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season from AC Milan for a fee of around 20 million euros and he has consistently proven to be worth his price tag, as he scored a league leading 30 goals in his first Ligue 1 season, which hasn’t been done since 1989. This season they’ve purchased another top striker in Edinson Cavani, who led Serie A in scoring last term with 29 goals.

These two are without question the top striking partnership in the world. They both have undeniably good goal scoring records, and it seems that they’re both in their prime even though Zlatan is now 32. Cavani has scored over 20 goals in his last three seasons for Napoli and has been a top 3 goal scorer in Italy for those 3 seasons having only been outscored by Diego Milito, Zlatan and Di Natale. Zlatan has scored 28 or more goals in the past two seasons and while he only scored 14 goals in 2010 he also recorded 13 assists. The two forwards have proven that they can score in any situation. They score on headers, they score on free kicks, the score with both feet, they can dribble past opponents and they have the awareness to make key passes and unselfish plays to better their team. Coming into this season there was speculation that Zlatan would leave PSG because he didn’t want to play second fiddle to another striker, but through 10 games the two strikers have worked exceptionally well together and their class is undeniable. Cavani has scored 6 goals and made 6 key passes while Zlatan has scored 5 goals, recorded 3 assists and has made 15 key passes. They’re both averaging a shot accuracy of around 50% and they’re winning about 60% of their duels. These two prolific goal scorers are the reason that PSG are sitting atop League 1 with a goal differential of +13 while Monaco sits in second with a goal differential of +11 thanks to their striker Radamel Falcao.

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