On the one hand, true football fans were delighted that the result meant Cristiano Ronaldo would be present and correct at the world's greatest celebration of the beautiful game. That feeling that was only enhanced by his utter brilliance in scoring the goals that won Portugal a spot in the tournament - a display of football so incredible that FIFA brazenly fiddled the rules on FIFA Ballon d'Or voting to ensure that the Real Madrid star was crowned player of the year.
But on the other hand, there was still great sadness that the Swedish legend had missed out. While Ronaldo is more consistently devastating, there's no doubt that Ibrahimovic's rarer flashes of brilliance reach a level of football genius that no other player can match.
And as if to rub that in, the 32-year-old showed off a moment of skill in summer training with current club PSG that is so good that it doesn't really make sense until you see the slow motion replay at the end of the video at the top of this page.
It was utter genius - a piece of skill that is right up there with the staggering goal he scored against England to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year in 2012:
On top of that, Ibrahimovic is also vastly more entertaining off the pitch with his constant stream of ludicrous (and, we hope, tongue-in-cheek) public statements proclaiming his own genius.
Zlatan, you will be missed.
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