There’s no arguing that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the world’s premier strikers. He last experienced a season in which he failed to reach at least ten goals all the way back in the 2001/02 campaign.
However, when it comes to Champions League scoring the long-haired Swede cannot put his record alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and feel a strong sense of pride.
It is therefore wise to take the 3/4 on offer with bwin that he fails to score over 14.5 goals during the latest rendition of Europe’s finest footballing event.
Ibrahimovic has never scored more than six Champions League goals in a season.
He may have played for European leading lights like Barcelona, Juventus and both Milan clubs but the man who loves to talk in the third person has not once managed to take his premier European tally to double figures in a season.
In fact, the striker’s current mark of six goals is his best ever effort in the competition, and that has been swelled by a juicy return of four in one game against Anderlecht.
PSG last reached the semi-finals of the competition in 1994/95.
Given Ibra’s weak scoring record, a deep run into the business end of the Champions League would likely be needed if he were to drag his goal tally over the 14.5 line.
However, he simply isn’t at the right club to do that, with PSG’s quarter-final effort last season their best since an appearance in the semis in the 1994/95 campaign.
No longer the sole goal threat at the club, Edinson Cavani has matched the Swede’s efforts in all competitions thus far.
If the striker’s previous Champions League tallies are deflating, the fact they largely came when he was the focal point of his respective clubs’ attacks almost squashes hope entirely.
Now with former Napoli hit-man Cavani as a partner, the Ajax product will have to share the scoring limelight, as proved by the pair’s matching totals of 11 goals in all competitions this season.