Zlatan Ibrahimović became Sweden’s all-time top scorer on Thursday in typical Zlatan style: with a back-heel. The striker’s second goal in a friendly with Estonia at the Friends Arena in Solna took Ibrahimović onto 50 goals in 99 appearances, eclipsing the previous mark held by the legendary Sven Rydell since 1932. His celebration was as equally brilliant as the nonchalant goal itself, with the Paris Saint-Germain star stripping off his shirt to reveal another Sweden shirt specially emblazoned with “50+.” Confidence indeed.
Ibrahimović made his debut for Sweden in 2001 and, while he has not always enjoyed a smooth relationship with the national set up, he has now insured his place in the record books. After missing out on the World Cup, despite his best efforts, the 32-year-old will be desperate to insure qualification for Euro 2016 and what could be his last major international tournament.
The friendly with Estonia, which finished 2-0, is a build up to Sweden’s opening game of their 2016 qualifying campaign against Austria next Monday. Also in their group is Russia, Montenegro, Moldova and Liechtenstein.