Zlatan Ibrahimović announced that he had signed a new, one-year deal to rejoin Manchester United after his cruciate knee ligament injury towards the end of last season. Ibrahimović announced the deal with a mural on his Twitter page, dressed as an angel, arm wrestling with the devil.
This image has attracted a lot of interest from commentators. Many think no sensible person would want to be seen in any contest with the devil. Whilst others say we are in a daily duel with the devil anyway. So what do you think?
Last season, Ibrahimović inspired United to League Cup success and won the Europa League, despite missing the final due to a serious knee injury. It was widely reported that the injury would end the career of the aging footballer. The injury must seem like hell to him. No wonder he portrays himself as an angel in a combat with the devil. Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” The legendary gospel singer Ron Kenoly, in his album Go Ahead, puts it this way: “If you catch hell, Don’t hold it, If you’re going through hell, Don’t stop…”
The 35-year-old had initially refused the offer of a new deal as he recovered from his injury. But after going through the hell of excruciating pain, surgery, and rehabilitation, he believes he has fought and won against the devil in order to come back to professional football. He said: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay.I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”
Ibrahimović clearly believes that Satan is real. Whether you are wondering if Satan is real or not, or if you think any sane person should ever consider entering a duel with him, it is important to go to the source of all truth about Satan – the Bible. God’s Word describes to us in detail who Satan is, his nature, his acts, and his future! Read the Bible verses below to have a better understanding of the monster that Ibrahimović is dealing with.
James 4:7 says, “… resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” As a result, many people expect to boldly stand up to the devil and resist him.
Ibrahimović scored 28 goals last season in 46 appearances, including two in the EFL Cup Final win over Southampton.The Big Swede will take on Wayne Rooney’s vacant number ten shirt and Ibrahimović is targeting an October comeback, as he believes that he has fought and beat the devil who wanted to end his football career.
The Manchester United Striker must be aware of Romans 16:20,which explains that “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” In other words, he knows he is capable of overcoming the devil. Likewise, you have the power to overcome and destroy the power of Satan.
Ibrahimović is now sure he is strong enough to play at the highest level again, having worked hard on his rehabilitation. He has earmarked United’s home game with Spurs on October 28th to make his return. Jose Mourinho is delighted to add him to his arsenal of attacking talent, having landed £75million man Romelu Lukaku this summer. Mourinho said: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us.
After his contribution last season, he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”
This is an incredible comeback for Ibrahimović who looked to have played his last game for United when he suffered knee ligament damage in April. After the injury, he felt the devil wanted to untimely end his career. Something which he is determined to resist.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Peter 5:8-9.
Have you noticed that Ibrahimović’s Twitter profile image has a caricature of him roaring like a lion? Remember, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” With months of gruelling rehabilitation at the Manchester United’s Carrington training ground, the striker has fully recovered from his injury.
His new deal leavesIbrahimović with one last crack at reviving his illustrious career. The forward played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and PSG before moving to the Premier League.