After two seasons, 53 goals, hundreds of soundbites, and zero MLS Cup titles, Swedish soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially announced he will be leaving the league.
“I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans – you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball,” Zlatan tweeted.
Zlatan, now 38-years-old, was a massive success during his two seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, as he scored 53 goals in 58 games, for an average of one goal every 93 minutes (about a goal per game).
However, for all of the MLS highlights (that were watched around the world) that Zlatan was able to produce, his presence in the league wasn’t always a positive one as he would constantly put down both the league itself and his opposition.
“MLS is not the level of Europe, to be honest. Before, I played with players either on my level or close to it. Which makes the game connect easier. Here, I am like a Ferrari among Fiats. And it can happen that the Ferrari can become the Fiat, or the Fiat can become the Ferrari,” Zlatan once said.
Regardless of his feelings towards the league, Major League Soccer will feel his loss, and he’s arguably the biggest international soccer star to play in the league to date (along with Wayne Rooney, who also departed from the league at the end of this season).
As for where Zlatan goes from here, rumors have indicated that he will end up in Spain playing for a La Liga club.
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