Lionel Messi vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Comparing Their 2012-13 Stats

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Lionel Messi vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Comparing Their 2012-13 Stats
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They've played together and against each other, and now compete in two different leagues for clubs who look set for title glory this season; Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi are two superb forwards recognized as amongst the best in the world.

Indeed, Messi is widely viewed as the best in the business right now, having just won his fourth Ballon d'Or, while Zlatan at least believes he is right up there alongside him.

So how do the two compare this season?

Messi is of course a key component once more with Barcelona in La Liga, while Zlatan is enjoying a fine debut campaign with new club Paris St. Germain in Ligue 1.

Both teams top their respective divisions—and of course both players top the goalscorers list in each top flight.

Here's how they compare statistically so far during 2012-13.

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