Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

How Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the internet once again

Posted on 1 April 2018 by Louis Olvera

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently completed a move to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer in what was not a major surprise for many football fans. Ibrahimovic soon confirmed the news himself in the most Zlatan way possible in the LA Times. 

In the following days, Ibrahimovic created promotional videos and held press conferences, making comical statements such as: “LA, welcome to Zlatan” and “The lion is hungry”. His best quote had to be his self-comparisons to the fictional character Benjamin Button to play down age concerns.

The excitement around Los Angeles could not have been any higher, since Ibrahimovic’s arrival came just before the first ever game between the Galaxy and the newly formed side Los Angeles FC in a matched titled #ElTrafico (if you’ve ever driven in Los Angeles, you understand).

Following a serious knee injury late last season and a lack of match action in his final months at Manchester United, Ibrahimovic started on the bench as a precaution. When he finally went in as a substitution in the 71st minute, his side was  losing 3-1 to their new crosstown rivals.

After helping his team haul one goal back, Ibrahimovic scored two goals himself in dramatic fashion to win the game. Ibrahimovic proved, once again, that he could back up his words and show everyone that he can still produce thrilling goals.

 

Soon afterwards, Ibrahimovic had everyone talking.

 

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Even his agent had some fun with it:

The Swedish striker has now improved his debut record by scoring in his first games in Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Champions League and now the MLS.

According to Google trends, the 36-year-old Ibrahimovic reached peak popular interest around the globe after the game ended. From his native country of Sweden being the most popular search, all the way to countries like Pakistan and Japan.

After the game Ibrahimovic told reporters: “I can imagine LAFC winning 3-0 then losing 4-3 so it’s not easy. But if they hd Zlatan it would be the opposite.”

Never change Zlatan. Never change.

 

 

 

 

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