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Ibrahimovic says the challenge of finishing 2016 as the world’s top goalscorer ahead of Messi is ‘just another day at work’

Date Posted,December 29, 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has shrugged off the challenge of beating Lionel Messi to become the world’s top striker in 2016 as “just another day at work”.

Ibrahimovic needs two goals against Middlesbrough tomorrow at Old Trafford to surpass Messi’s haul of 51 club strikes to end the year as the world’s leading scorer.

The Manchester United hitman has netted 17 times to add to the 33 he bagged for Paris St Germain in the first half of the year and is typically chilled about overhauling Messi.

“I go into a season to do better than last season,” said the super-confident Swede. “I know my last season was perfect, so I try to do it more than perfect and this is what I’ve been doing for the last

15 years.

Zlatan has scored 17 times for Manchester United this season (Photo: REUTERS)
And he also netted 33 times for PSG (Photo: Getty)

“So what I’m doing now is nothing new, it’s just another season in my story so there is nothing new.

“Apparently it is news for many of them, but the people who know me, players who played with me, they know it’s just another day at work.”

Ibrahimovic, 35, who has won the league in Holland, Spain, Italy and France, sets his sights high and insists United’s title hopes are not over.

Jose Mourinho’s side are 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, despite winning their last four league games, but the former Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan star claims they can be caught.

Messi scored 51 times in 2016 (Photo: David Ramos / Getty)

“I think so,” he told ESPN . “We had our up and down moments, winning losing, winning losing.

“We had our moments where the results haven’t been what they should have been after good performances, but we are still there and we have been closing the gap.

“So hopefully the other teams can make some mistakes and close the gap even more and push the gap between other teams.

“We are working hard for it, believing in it, we are here to win. We have no excuses, we are here for what we are able to want and do and that’s win a title.”

Although Ibrahimovic is satisfied with how he has adapted to English football, he is not happy with United’s league position.

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