The former Marseille striker has taken the time to praise the PSG top-scorer, and has compared him to Dutch legend Marco van Basten
The Sweden international has already netted seven times in five appearances so far, and Papin expects the towering forward to break the personal record of 28 league goals in a season that he set at AC Milan last term.
"It's impossible to predict how many goals he will make. There will always be a few games without goals and injuries or suspensions. It will be difficult for him to keep up his current goal-to-games ratio," Papin was quoted as saying by RMC.
"He is surrounded by a great team and I think that he can surpass my 30 goals [from 1989-90]. [Josip] Sklobar's record tally of 44 goals might be a bridge too far, but he has still hugely impressed me.
"I don't envy him, because he has different qualities than I had. It's quite rare to see a player with his physical appearance move so smoothly in front of the goal. I really like his combination of power and finesse.
"He reminds me a bit of Marco van Basten. He has the same style of play, but is even more of a physical presence."
Ibrahimovic will be looking to add to his tally on Thursday when PSG host Sochaux.