Originally Posted by Seabs
Jayzus at that Ibra goal. Best goal of all time is stretching it though. He did have an open goal to aim it into so that rules it out of GOAT goal contention. Definitely a scorer of great goals, shame he aint a great goal scorer though. Until he becomes a game changer against the best opposition in Europe then there's always that cloud hanging over his head. The amount of raw ability the guy has though is unreal. .
It's commonly said that Zlatan has never succeeded/won the Champions League, and therefore may never be considered among the truly elite of World Football. Well let's do a little comparison with a recent striker that's often seen as the best striker of recent times, Ronaldo.
Neither have won the Champions League.
Ronaldo's goalscoring record in the Champions League: 14 in 40 games (0.35 goals per game)
Ibrahimovic's goalscoring record in the Champions League: 30 in 90 games (0.33 goals per game)
I was unable to find Ronaldo's assist number in the Champions League (I assume it would be under 10, he wasn't a supreme creator of goals), however Zlatan has 21 Champions League assists (which I presume would place him quite highly on the alltime assist leaders in the CL). So if you bundle that in, then Zlatan has a hand in 0.57 goals per game in the CL which is very respectable indeed.
So if you say Zlatan has never delivered on the highest stage in club football, and therefore can't be considered great, then neither can Ronaldo.
Obviously I'm not saying that Ronaldo isn't great, but just trying to show people that just because there have been big games when Zlatan hasn't performed, it doesn't mean he's not great by default.