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Ibrahimovic: If Messi can score 86, I can get 90

Ibrahimovic with Messi at Barcelona (©GettyImages)
Ibrahimovic with Messi at Barcelona (©GettyImages).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has laughed off Lionel Messi’s newly set record for most goals in a single year by claiming he could beat the Argentinian’s tally if he was still with Barcelona.

Messi scored his 86th goal of 2012 in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Real Betis, moving him one clear of the record total set by Gerd Muller in 1972 for Bayern Munich and West Germany.

However far from being impressed by Messi’s goal scoring efforts this year, Ibrahimovic, who endured a tumultuous two years with Barcelona before being shipped out to AC Milan in 2011, was unmoved by his former team-mate's efforts.

The Swede left Barcelona under a cloud after he fell out with then-boss Pep Guardiola and has aimed numerous digs at his former club since.

Now the Paris Saint-Germain striker has claimed he could score more goals than the Messi if he was still with the Catalan club, because of the amount of penalties referees gift to them.

I too would get 90 goals if I were given penalties as referees give them away to Barcelona,” he told L’Equipe.

Barcelona have been awarded the same amount of league penalties as Paris Saint-Germain so far this season.

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