Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the unorthodox striker that has won hearts and acclaims in equal measure.
However, he currently functions in the MLS with LA Galaxy, and on Saturday, he broke a brilliant record in a typical Ibra fashion.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old striker found the back of the net against Toronto FC with a spectacular roundhouse kick to score his 500th career goal.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 16, 2018
The goal was his 17th of the season in just 22 appearances, and began a barrage of goals for LA, who were 3-0 down until Zlatan took control. However, the side’s invigoration, leading them up to 3-3, couldn’t last, as Toronto were able to come back and win the game 5-3, ensuring that Ibrahimovic couldn’t provide the winner like he has on 5 occasions prior for LA Galaxy.
The big man had this to say about his record: “Obviously it’s not good to lose… but I’m happy for Toronto because they’ll be remembered as my 500th victim.”
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 16, 2018
The beautiful goal isn’t the only picturesque moment that he has provided in the US, with his arrival itself proving to be iconic with a long distance goal.
The striker went on to add: “I was close to the goal. It reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax. It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it. I was just trying to hit the goal and it went in.”
Of his 500, 62 arrived for the Swedish national team, before he hung up his boots from the international stage.
Saturday’s strike means that he joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo amongst the active players to have achieved this feat, and it is certainly some esteemed company to keep.
Despite his age and freak injuries in the past, he seems to show no signs of slowing down. As of such, one shouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last great feat of his that the world has seen.