With two goals in AC Milan’s 4-1 win over Sampdoria on Wednesday, the ageless Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first player to score least 50 times in Italy’s top league for both the Rossoneri and its city rival Inter Milan.
The 38-year-old Swedish striker, who returned to AC Milan for the second time in his sparking career in January after two years of tearing MLS defenses to sheds with the LA Galaxy, scored his 50th for the club off a first-half header assisted by Ante Rebic.
“They tell me I’m old and tired but I’m just getting warmer,” Ibrahimovic joked after Wednesday’s game, which pulled Milan within a point of fifth-place Roma. The club sat 11th when he arrived mid-season. “I’m like Benjamin Button, I never get old. I’m always young.”
Ibrahimovic wore the blue and black vertical stripes of Inter Milan, which shares the iconic San Siro Stadium with the Rossoneri, from 2006-09, scoring 57 goals in 88 Serie A games for the Nerazzurri.
After beginning his professional career in 1999 with Swedish side Malmo, he moved onto some of the biggest brand-name clubs in Europe, with successful stops Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United.
He left the English Premier League for the Galaxy — for which he averaged almost a goal per game over his two seasons — in 2018.
Ibrahimovic, who has not yet committed to staying in Milan beyond this season, has also netted 62 times in 116 caps at the international level but hasn’t represented Sweden since the 2016 European Championship.
AC Milan closes out its 2019-20 slate on Saturday against Cagliari.