Zlatan records 500th club goal as AC Milan beat Crotone
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed 500 career club goals as AC Milan beat Crotone 4-0 in the latest Serie A fixture on Sunday. The 39-year-old scored a brace in what turned out to be a one-sided encounter. He reached the landmark over 21 years after his first career goal for the Swedish club Malmo in 1999. Here are the records broken.
How did the match pan out?
Zlatan opened the scoring for AC Milan in the 30th minute. The Swedish striker fired a shot into the top corner to accomplish the milestone. He added another in the second half to double their lead. Later on, Rebic struck twice in a minute (69', 70'), having outclassed the visitors. As a result, Milan moved two points clear of Inter Milan at the top.
A look at Zlatan's stints through the years
Zlatan registered his 500th goal in his 825th club appearance. He scored his first goal for Malmo in 1999, finishing with 18 goals for the Swedish club. He also had stints at Ajax (48 goals), Juventus (26), Inter Milan (66), Barcelona (22), AC Milan (56), Paris Saint-Germain (156), Manchester United (29), LA Galaxy (53) and a second spell with Milan (27).
A staggering 395 goals in league games
Zlatan has won league titles in four different countries in his career. During the period, he has scored 395 goals in league games. Besides, he also has 57 strikes in European competitions and 48 in domestic cup matches.
A look at Zlatan's most prolific campaign
For Paris Saint-Germain, Zlatan tallied 156 goals and won a Ligue 1 title in each of the four seasons. He also secured two Coupe de France titles and three Coupes de la Ligue, having won a domestic Treble in his final two seasons. The 2015/16 campaign was his most prolific of his career wherein he scored 50 goals in 51 appearances.
Zlatan in elite company (goals at club level)
As of now, Zlatan remains one of only three active players after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to have scored 500 or more goals at the club level. Besides, he also owns 62 goals for his national team Sweden.