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11/21/2013 01:19 pm ET

10 Reasons It's A Shame Zlatan Ibrahimovic Won't Be Playing In The 2014 World Cup (VIDEOS)

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Presumably, the 2014 World Cup is still taking place. As of yet, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has not announced that it will be canceled or postponed. Sadly, it may no longer be worth watching. After all, Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be there.

"One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch," the 32-year-old striker told reporters after Sweden was denied a berth in the field of 32 for the World Cup finals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Tuesday in Stockholm.

While the famously acrobatic and self-regarding PSG striker may be overstating his relative importance to the millions of viewers who will still be tuning in there is no doubt that he will be missed.

Here are 10 reasons that it’s a shame Zlatan won’t be playing in Brazil:

1) Zlatan scores bicycle kick goals like this...

2) Zlatan says things like this...

“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

3) Zlatan does one thing when everyone else does another...

4) Zlatan fears no opponent...

5) Zlatan has a habit of winning trophies...

zlatan trophy

6) Zlatan has the skills to do things like this...

7) Zlatan's fans will not see Zlatan in Brazil

sweden fans

8) Zlatan can convert set pieces like this...

9) Zlatan demonstrates his martial arts training like this...

10) Zlatan may (or may not) appreciate greatness in others...

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