Nihad Dedovic isn’t Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but people on the street think he is.

By Dan Gartland
November 29, 2018

The resemblance is spooky

Nihad Dedovic is a pretty decent basketball player, averaging 11.4 points per game in nine EuroLeague appearances for Bayern Munich this season. But when he walks the streets of major European cities, people swarm him asking for photos. That’s because he bears a frightening resemblance to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the most famous soccer stars in the world and certainly the game’s biggest personality. 

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Dedovic said he spent a few days in Paris this summer, where Zlatan had previously Paris-St. Germain to four Ligue 1 championships in four seasons, and was overwhelmed by the response from people who thought he was Ibra. It’s easy to understand why. Not only are their faces nearly identical, they now sport the same slicked back hair and identical facial hair. Plus, Zlatan is 6'5" and Dedovic 6'6", and both guys have the build of a professional athlete. 

Both men trace their ancestry to the same part of the world—Dedovic is from Bosnia, while Ibrahimovic was born in Sweden to Bosnian and Croatian parents—which I guess might explain some of the resemblance. But Dedovic is certainly leaning into whatever natural similarities there are by growing the same hairstyle and goatee as his more famous doppelgänger. Can you blame him? I think we’d all like to try out being famous for a little bit. 

Give this trainer a raise

Mitch Marner tallied three assists in the Maple Leafs’ win over the Sharks last night, but trainer Bobby Hastings deserves partial credit for one of those. After Marner broke his stick, Hastings handed him a new one on the fly so he could join a 3-on-2 rush and set John Tavares up for a goal. 

“That play happened because of his awareness,” Marner said after the game. “It’s pretty impressive.”

This quote makes me want to quit sports media

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“They’re buying me as a brand,” Rovell said. “They’re buying a brand with two million Twitter followers. And I’ll be tweeting links to promote everything—the website, the app and my stories.”

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