Gunnar Nordahl, the best Swedish player ever

Gunnar Nordahl, the best Swedish player ever

Football hung by his ship takes time to travel in space and time to the years Sweden 40 Y 50 and remember the great Gunnar Nordahl, which it is arguably the best Swedish player ever. In a country which has produced great football myths as Henrik Larsson, Thomas Ravelli, Sven Rydell o Tomas Brolin, say it is the best player in the Scandinavian country can be risky but if you analyze his career realizes that exceeds that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself.

And that was a striker Gunnar Nordahl, a predator of the area that marked an era in Sweden and AC Milan, Lombard set that came in 1948 and with whom he spent eight years writing down every other day too. That was because Nordalh, a talent able to score a goal from any position. Only then understand that it is the third highest goalscorer in Serie A (the best foreign), the top scorer of Milan (210 goals in 257 meetings) and a key figure in Sweden who won the Olympic gold 1948 in London.

Nordalh has the best scoring average of Serie A.
Nordalh has the best scoring average of Serie A.

born on 19 October 1921 a Hörnefors, the team of the same locality was his first contact with football which was followed step by IFK Norrkoping Degerfors and, club with which he gained fame and which came to sign seven goals in one game. Witty, crafty, This powerful lower body Swede was able to pull any leg because of his enormous strength he possessed and defined Schiaffino himself with a sentence still remembered with a certain wistful: "¡Nordahl ..! OMG, What bestial force had! I threw him the ball and he inveighed direct arc. Rivals bounced as if they were rubber”.

Of course, if something marked his sporting life was the summer of 1948 that in which won Olympic gold in London being top scorer in the championship and fichando shortly after the Milan, professional club which became forcing to leave the Swedish national team, which at that time did not allow professionals in their ranks.

In the Rossoneri their true level would. That of a striker with a huge voracity and a great force that made his rivals could hardly stop. That was how he left his stamp marking an era when almost every game played. And it is that if something had Nordahl was rarely failed. He accumulated an average of 0.77 goals per game that led him to be considered one of the greatest strikers ever lived.

Gunnar Nordahl, Nils Liedholm and Gunnar Gren formed an unforgettable trio at AC Milan.
Gunnar Nordahl, Nils Liedholm and Gunnar Gren formed an unforgettable trio at AC Milan.

Forgotten by many, in Colgados for football we offer this small tribute to the man who closed with AS Roma in 1958 one of the brightest sports careers are remembered for Scandinavia.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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