Zlatan Ibrahimovic bags brace for goal record

12:59, Sep 05 2014
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
JUMPING FOR JOY: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after becoming his country's all-time leading goalscorer against Estonia.

Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice in a 2-0 friendly win over Estonia on Thursday (today NZ time) to become Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals.

The Paris St Germain striker netted a thumping left-foot volley from a corner after three minutes before surpassing Sven Rydell's tally of 49 goals, which had stood since 1932, thanks to a clever effort with his heel in the 24th minute.

Ibrahimovic, who swept home Seb Larsson's cross for his second goal, was making his 99th appearance for Sweden.

The 32-year-old, who had been doubtful for the match because of a throat problem, was given a rapturous ovation by a 15,421 crowd in the Friends Arena when he left the field just after the hour mark.

''That it was with a back-heel was probably a little lucky but it was the only way I could score,'' a beaming Ibrahimovic told reporters.

Asked which of the 50 goals was his favourite, Ibrahimovic chose his stunning scissors-kick from 30 metres against England in a friendly in November 2012.

''The most beautiful was against England, no-one's going to beat that, but all goals are important,'' he said.

Ibrahimovic credited Russia coach Fabio Capello with turning him from a player with potential into a top marksman during their time together at Juventus.

''When I met Capello that's when I became a goal-scorer. Before that I played to play well, then I realised that goals are important,'' he added.  

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Reuters