Ibrahimović one away from joining 50-goal club

Paris striker Zlatan Ibrahimović could this week become only the 14th player to score 50 or more goals in UEFA club competition*.

Ibrahimović, who is the only player to have registered for six different clubs in the UEFA Champions League, scored his first UEFA club goal in September 2001, in a 2-0 victory for Ajax against Apollon Limassol in the UEFA Cup first round.

The Sweden striker now has 49 to his name and could join an elite club of players to have hit half a century should he find the net against Chelsea on Wednesday. He remains some way adrift of Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads the way with 92 goals.

Players with 50 or more goals in UEFA club competition*
92: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
85: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
77: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
70: Filippo Inzaghi (Parma, Juventus, Milan)
67: Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea)
62: Gerd Müller (Bayern München)
62: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Heerenveen, PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg)
59: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
59: Henrik Larsson (Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona, Manchester United, Helsingborg)
56: Eusébio (Benfica)
54: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
50: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
50: Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)

Closing in …
49: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, Paris)
46: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Heerenveen, Ajax, Milan, Schalke)
46: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)

*UEFA club competition means European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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