Ibrahimovic makes more history as Milan star defies Father Time

By Sports Desk November 22, 2020

Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic claimed a brace as the evergreen Rossoneri forward led the league leaders to a 3-1 victory at Gennaro Gattuso's Napoli.

Aged 39, Ibrahimovic made more history, surpassing Lazio's Silvio Piola (29 years old in 1942-43) for the record with a league-high 10 goals.

Ibrahimovic set the tone for Milan in Naples, where the visitors emerged victorious in Serie A for the first time since 2010.

Former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a stunning header in the 20th minute.

He doubled the lead nine minutes into the second half, getting on the end of Ante Rebic's cross before hobbling off with an apparent hamstring injury.

Ibrahimovic also matched Gunnar Nordahl for second-most Serie A goals from the first eight games played of a season, only adrift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).

Jens Petter Hauge came off the bench and put the result beyond doubt in stoppage time, following Dries Mertens' 63rd-minute effort, as Milan returned to the top of the table.

Milan, two points clear of high-flying Sassuolo, have collected at least 20 points from the first eight matchdays for the second time in the three points for a win era – the Italian powerhouse also achieved the feat in 2003-04 as they went on to secure the Scudetto.

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