By Ryan Burg ’18
A couple of months ago, the Sweden soccer legend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, got out of Europe to play in the Major League of Soccer. Zlatan was a very impressive player in his prime, scoring 450 goals total in his whole career for his country and his clubs.
Now Zlatan is 38 years old, which is pretty old for a soccer player, but he still loves the game. He left Manchester United because he wanted to sign with the MLS team the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Throughout his career, Ibrahimović has won 11 league titles in four separate countries while representing Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan and Inter Milan in addition to leading his clubs to numerous other major championships that the LA Galaxy website provided was, “the UEFA Europa League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Italian Super Cup (3x), French League Cup (3x), French Super Cup (3x), a Dutch Super Cup and Dutch Cup, among others. Overall, Ibrahimović has scored 421 goals for club, 62 goals for the Sweden National Team and tallied 159 assists in 730 club games.”
Zlatan was an immediate impact to the LA Galaxy in his debut this last Saturday. The Galaxy was playing their rivals LAFC. Zlatan was a reserve for the game because of his new arrival to the club and hasn’t even played in a game in their jersey yet. Zlatan entered the match in the 71st minute with also a chant of “we want Zlatan” from the crowd. The game was 3-2 with the Galaxy losing.
In the 76th minute of the match Zlatan had a 38 yard goal over the goalkeepers head to tie the game up 3-3.
In the extra time of the match that the ref granted both teams with, Zlatan headed a cross from Ashley Cole to get the game winning goal.
The Galaxy became just the second team in MLS history to come back from a three-goal deficit to win in regulation.
“We were losing 3-0. We made simple mistakes in the first half, not really organized,” Ibrahimovic told the Galaxy’s website. “But after we scored the first one we kept pushing, got the second when I came in, I scored the third and the fourth. So thanks for my teammates — they make it easy not easy for me, but they make it more easy.”
Zlatan is one of the more advanced and more technical players out on the pitch in the MLS and it showed during the game. Most of the fans and the organization are excited for what else Zlatan has to offer.