Ibrahimović goes outright tenth in all-time list

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimović moved out on his own into tenth place in the list of European Cup all-time scorers with his goal against FC Barcelona.

Zlatan Ibrahimović celebrates his opener for Paris against Barcelona
Zlatan Ibrahimović celebrates his opener for Paris against Barcelona ©AFP/Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimović moved out on his own into tenth place in the list of European Cup all-time scorers with his goal for Paris Saint-Germain at FC Barcelona in Group F on Wednesday.

Ibrahimović – the only player to have scored for six different clubs in the UEFA Champions League – has now registered on 43 occasions in the competition, one more than Alessandro Del Piero. Real Madrid CF forward Karim Benzema is a further goal adrift in 12th spot.

Just five players have ever reached a half-century in Europe's premier club competition: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raúl González, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry. Messi, who broke Raúl's overall record with a hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-0 defeat of APOEL FC on matchday five, leads the way on 75 goals, having cancelled out Ibrahimović's opener for Paris on Wednesday. Ronaldo climbed ahead of Raúl into outright second place with a penalty for Madrid against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday.

European Cup all-time leading scorers (group stage to final)
75: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
72: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF)
71: Raúl González (Real Madrid CF, FC Schalke 04)
56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF)
50: Thierry Henry (AS Monaco FC, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona)
48: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan, Chelsea FC, FC Dynamo Kyiv)
46: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid CF)
46: Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
44: Didier Drogba (Olympique de Marseille, Galatasaray AŞ, Chelsea FC)
43: Zlatan Ibrahimović (AFC Ajax, Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
42: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
41: Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid CF)

*Statistics accurate at full time on 10 December

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