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The former Marseille striker has taken the time to praise the PSG top-scorer, and has compared him to Dutch legend Marco van Basten

Former France international Jean-Pierre Papin believes that Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has what it takes to score more than 30 goals this Ligue 1 season.

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.


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