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Paris St Germain's Ibrahimovic gets his burger

As we are PSG fans here and as we show all the matches, I thought that the burger was a good match to the player's image, says a French restaurant owner

Reuters, Friday 27 Sep 2013
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic walks off after receiving a red card in the final moments of their Champions League soccer match against Valencia (Photo: AP)
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A French restaurant is offering football fans a new way to satisfy their hunger for sports with a burger called the 'Zlatan burger' named after the Paris St Germain star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Made to resemble the footballer, the burger is "enormous, unequalled and powerful" say its creators at "Doddy's Coffee", a restaurant just outside Paris.

"I wanted to add a special burger on my menu, a burger with extreme sizes, large quantities of meat, cheese and bread. And why the "Zlatan Burger"? Well as we are PSG fans here and as we show all the matches, I thought that the burger was a good match to the player's image, an exceptional player, out of this world, out of the ordinary," said Doddy's Coffee owner Jean-Philippe Grandin.

Grandin first introduced the 'Zlatan Burger' in June this year. But the dish was discovered only during the football season that started in August as word about this new gastronomic giant started making the rounds of PSG supporters.

Ibrahimovic has made quite an impression on the French and PSG supporters in particular since his arrival in the French capital in July last year with his propensity to exquisitely execute on the field.

So much so that his name has become popular slang: to "zlatan" is now commonly used to say "destroy" or "annihilate".

And with this burger, which is big enough to be shared by two people, the challenge is to able to eat all of it -- to "zlatan" it.

Priced at 29,90 euros, with 600 grams of beef, it contains several slices of bacon, four different cheeses and wrapped in a tailor-made bun.

"It is a really good burger but my stomach is too small for it so I have just understood what to be "Zlataned" means after having tried to eat this burger: I have been knocked out," said one restaurant guest Julien Cherence.

But some do overcome the mountain of meat and are proud to present an empty plate with the feeling that they have beaten Zlatan.

Ibrahimovic recently extended his contract with PSG until 2016.

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