Brussels, Belgium (4E Sports) – Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic praised Anderlecht fans for their standing ovation following his four-goal performance against their team.
After his third goal in PSG’s 5-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht, the whole stadium rose to salute the 32-year-old Ibrahimovic.
“It’s not every night that I score four goals,” he said. “The stadium applauded me after the third goal and that doesn’t happen every night either. I’d like to thank the Anderlecht supporters — it was really nice of them.”
Ibrahimovic became the ninth player to score four goals in a Champions League match, the last of whom was Robert Lewandowski during Borussia Dortmund’s semifinal win over Real Madrid last season.
Since the start of October, the former AC Milan and Barcelona forward has scored 10 goals in five matches for club and country, taking his tally to 15 in 18 appearances overall this season.
Ibrahimovic has now scored 46 times in 60 games at PSG, a strike rate that goes some way to justifying his wages of 16 million euros a year.
PSG manager Laurent Blanc said his side had completed the “perfect match” to make it three wins from three in Group C and he was naturally full of praise for his star striker.
“He’s in excellent form,” Blanc said. “His four goals tonight were exceptional. He’s a catalyst for all the others, someone who is driving everyone towards the top.”
After the accolades, Ibrahimovic is in for some trouble because he will face the French league’s disciplinary commission Thursday to explain why he mimicked pointing a gun at the Toulouse bench during PSG’s 2-0 victory over last month.