Former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has matched a mark set by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 21st Century after scoring against his 80th team in the top 5 European Leagues against Venezia on Sunday.
Over two decades ago, since 2000 to be precise, the only other player to have managed that feat is Ronaldo, who reached the milestone against Burnley last December.
Ronaldo set the record after he scored a rebound in Man United’s 3-1 win over Burnley on December 30 at Old Trafford.
Zlatan, who made his first professional appearance at Malmo in 1999, has now also scored in every calendar year to date.
It’s mind-blowing that the Swedish forward has also scored 80 different clubs across Europe’s big five leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, LaLiga and Ligue 1) after netting against Venezia, thanks to his longevity in football.
The goal was Zlatan’s eighth goal in the Serie A this season so far and his first in 2022.
Though Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t scored this year, he’s got a chance to do so when Manchester United play visitors to Aston Villa on January 15.
Ronaldo missed United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup due to a slight knock he received in training.