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Zlatan Ibrahimovic inscribes himself into PSG history

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a truly special player. In modern-day football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are spoken about daily as being two of the best players the in history. Their prolific goalscoring and consistently brilliant performances have put them in a bracket of player which is seemingly unreachable for others; an elitist two-man club where nobody else is permitted.

One player who has undoubtedly come close to this level during his long and illustrious career is Ibrahimovic. Unlike the other two, he has proven himself in France and Italy as well as Spain, and has consistently performed at the highest level and scored goals at whatever club he has been at.

He has also produced moments of brilliance that neither Messi nor Ronaldo are capable of, his overhead kick from 40 yards against England being one such goal.

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At the present moment, he is the darling of the French capital, PSG's talisman. Laurent Blanc has a side that is capable of winning every competition it enters. It is almost already a foregone conclusion that they will retain their Ligue 1 crown for a fourth straight year in the absence of any real challengers.

One such potential challenger, Marseille, who held the position of France's most celebrated and famous club side before the Qatari investment propelled Les Parisiens onto the global scene, were beaten by the reigning champions on Sunday evening, and sure enough it was that man Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was the thorn in their side.

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Going into this game Marseille have endured a terrible start to the Ligue 1 campaign, with one win in their last six games.

Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring at the Parc des Princes with his sixth goal of the campaign, drawing level with Edinson Cavani and ex-Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa at the top of the scoring charts. Marseille's issues haven't been going forward, however, and their porous defence was again exposed as 'keeper Mandanda scythed down Ibrahimovic for a penalty which he cooly dispatched moments later.

The Swede was then awarded another penalty which he again finished calmly to inscribe himself into PSG history as their leading all-time goalscorer.

Since his arrival in Paris in 2012 as the poster boy of the new Qatari-funded project, Ibrahimovic has gone from strength to strength as first Carlo Ancelotti and now Laurent Blanc have built their sides around him. His record-breaking 110 goals have come in just 137 games, which is a scoring rate even Messi and Ronaldo would be proud of.

To put this into context, the man he beat, Pauleta, needed 211 matches to score his 109, which still leaves him with a good goals-to-game ratio. 

At 34, Zlatan's career is coming to an end, however, he remains as hungry as ever to deliver success. After breaking the record, ESPN quote him as saying: "It's always fantastic to beat a record, but I'm not going to stop now.

"I want to keep going and do even better. We are living in a great period for the club and we will do everything to continue and keep making history." 

What he means by 'making history' is surely winning the Champions League. In a career laden with personal accolades and medals for trophies won around the world, the one title that still eludes him is Europe's biggest. PSG themselves have never won it either. Wouldn't it be romantic if it is their record goalscorer who can deliver it for them. It may well be his last crack at winning it.

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