Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in the 23rd consecutive season in the high football divisions, sending the ball into Bologna's net twice in the Serie A 2020/2021 opener. Cristiano Ronaldo also continued his streak of scoring in all the seasons he took part when he buried the third goal in the Juventus against Sampdoria match. That is Ronaldo's "only" 19th season, but the latest sports news suggests that the Portuguese can even overcome such a record.
The Swedish 11-times best footballer of the year Ibrahimovic doesn't show his real age. A 39-year-old Zlatan scored in his 23rd season in a row in the higher football divisions. Being congratulated via Twitter about his new record by Goal.com, FIFA.com, and other authorities, Ibrahimovic just wrote "Benjamin Button."
Everything started on 30 October 1999, when he scored Vastra Frolunda while playing for Malmo. He continued showing his bombardier talent in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, the USA, and France, now returning to AC Milan. At the moment, between "Ibra's" first and last goals, 7631 days have passed, but it seems that this number will grow during the current season.
Ibrahimovic holds several unique records in football. Thus, he has been scoring in four different decades (along with Roque Santa Cruz only), played in 10 various football derbies, and disappointed the opponents of seven diverse teams in the European football competitions. The thirteenth best bombardier of all time has scored over 550 goals, having only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (as still active footballers) in front of him.
Can Ronaldo and Messi catch Ibrahimovic with his seasons' record?
The Serie A 20/21 opener was successful not only for the Swedish veteran but also for the Portuguese superstar. Ronaldo disappointed Sampdoria and continued his scoring streak to 19 seasons in a row. Cristiano's first goal happened on 7 October 2002, against Moreirense, when he debuted and scored for Portuguese club Sporting CP. As Ronaldo is four years younger than the Swedish, he has all the chances to overtake and even break "Ibra's" record if he continues playing with the same passion.
Lionel Messi has scored his first goal on 1 May 2005, disappointing Albacete, which is two-seasons later than Cristiano. It means that if he hits in the upcoming Barcelona's matches, he will "only" achieve the point of 17 scoring seasons, and should be playing and scoring another six years to catch up Ibrahimovic. Interestingly, the regarded trio shares another unique record, which is 11 seasons of scoring more than ten goals in the European top five leagues.
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