PSG strike Champions League warning as Ibrahimovic hits hat-trick

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his rich vein of goalscoring form with a hat-trick for Paris St-Germain in a 4-0 victory over Valenciennes.

Carlo Ancelotti's side closed the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Lyon, with a comprehensive win over fifth-placed Valenciennes. But Ibrahimovic was the star of the show - only Lionel Messi has scored more league goals than the Swedish striker in Europe's top five leagues this season.

After netting his 15th, 16th and 17th of the season last night, the former Milan forward has now scored seven more goals than his nearest rival in France, Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis. And Zlatan's done so in just 14 league appearances.

Paris St-Germain have scored 32 goals in Ligue 1 this term - Ibrahimovic has scored 53%. Only Demba Ba of Newcastle has scored a higher percentage for his team - 56%.

PSG, having played a game more than most of their competitors, sit second in the French league, two points behind Lyon. And the big-spending Parisian side clinched qualification for the knock-out round of the Champions League last month, comfortably topping Group A with five wins out of six.

Few teams will want to face Ancelotti's outfit, and with Zlatan in this kind of mood it's not hard to see why.

His goals were tap-ins against Valenciennes, but he was in the right place at the right time, like any good striker should be. And it's not like we don't know if he can score the spectacular - his highlight reel is as good as any.

Take a look at his goals from last night's game. Are PSG the team to avoid in the Champions League? Or do you think your team's defence can shackle Zlatan? Join the debate by leaving a comment below...

Le triplé de Zlatan Ibrahimovic avec le PSG by Chronofoot

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