It's the magic trick of the summer. With the right hand, Barcelona shows off David Villa. Anticipation mounts as the champions chase the summer's most coveted center-forward. The audience's eyes are fixed on the shiny Euro '08 Golden Boot. What they don't see is what's neatly tucked away under the left sleeve. Meanwhile, what to do about Samuel Eto'o? The Indomitable Lion is deemed surplus to requirements, but he is in no hurry to resolve his situation. Eto'o's future is center stage, right alongside Villa. Eto'o provides the drama. Villa, the suspense.
The Lion King
At the same time, the ticking time bomb that was Samuel Eto'o is diffused. By sending him to a Champions League contender, BarÃ§a averts the ugly break-up that seemed all too imminent when the striker refused what Joan Laporta called a "stratospheric" offer from Manchester City. Eto'o is an elite player and after scoring a career-high 30 goals in La Liga, leaving the treble winners for a Europa League club made little sense to the former Pichichi.
The Swedish Wizard
In Ibrahimovic, Barcelona acquires the world's most complete center-forward. His combination of size, strength, touch and vision make him a playmaker trapped inside of a target man. His right foot is deadly and his left is more than adequate. Ibra's excellent flexibility and technique means there is no wasted movement when the ball is anywhere near him.
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