Zlatan hailed as PSG's top scorer

PARIS • Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the leading scorer in Paris Saint-Germain history on Sunday as the reigning French Ligue 1 champions extended their lead at the top following a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Marseille.

Michy Batshuayi nodded in the opener after 30 minutes at the Parc des Princes to give Marseille the lead. But Ibrahimovic tucked away a pair of penalties in the space of three minutes just before the break.

The second of those spot-kicks saw the Sweden striker surpass former Portugal international Pauleta's 109-goal record and write himself into the capital club's history books.

Ibrahimovic joined PSG from AC Milan in 2012 and has led the club to three successive Ligue 1 titles. A fourth is in his sights as PSG extended their advantage over second-placed Angers to five points.

  • 110

  • Number of goals Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in just 137 matches for Paris St Gezrmain

"It's always fantastic to beat a record but I'm not going to stop now," said the 34-year-old.

"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."

While it took Pauleta five years and 211 matches to score 109 goals for PSG, Ibrahimovic needed just 137 games to eclipse that mark.

PSG manager Laurent Blanc hailed the forward after his latest milestone.

"This is a very good player, a great player," he told Canal Plus of Ibrahimovic.

"You just have to see the number of goals he scores.

"These are non-typical players, with non-typical statistics.

"It does not surprise me that he has managed to break this record in such a short time."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Zlatan hailed as PSG's top scorer'. Print Edition | Subscribe