Milan head coach Stefano Pioli said evergreen star Zlatan Ibrahimovic “doesn’t have to stop” at 500 goals after reaching the landmark figure in his club career.
Ibrahimovic passed 500 club goals in Milan’s 4-0 Serie A rout of Crotone, increasing his tally to 501 with his sixth league brace of the season on Sunday.
The 39-year-old opened the scoring after half an hour before doubling the lead with 26 minutes remaining at San Siro, where Ante Rebic netted a quick-fire double as Milan returned to the top of the table.
“There’s no need to add anything. We just have to congratulate with him,” Pioli told reporters.
“It’s an unbelievable milestone but we are talking of an absolute number one, he is a champion. I just want to congratulate him again and send him a message.
“He doesn’t have to stop at that number.”
— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 7, 2021
Only with Paris Saint-Germain (156) has Ibrahimovic scored more goals in all competitions, having managed 83 for Milan across two spells.
Ibrahimovic is one of the two players, alongside Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, to have scored the most braces in the top five European leagues in 2020-21.
The former Sweden international has scored 14 Serie A goals in 11 appearances this season, while he has 16 across all competitions.
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