Ibrahimovic: First Hollywood – and then against Germany?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Manchester United. He’s about to move to MLS in Los Angeles Galaxy. He hasn’t given up another dream yet.
Hollywood is a place made for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Here the Swedish football star can move among the rich and beautiful – among his peers.
And they have a heart for dreamers in the Pacific too. So it’s no wonder that the 36-year-old is about to move to MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. Ibrahimovic wants to work on his next heroic story in the dream factory. The daring title: “How I made it to the 2018 World Cup after all”.
Why daring? After all, Ibrahimovic is probably the best Swedish footballer of all time. But after his resignation after the European Championship 2016 in France, the German WRC group opponent no longer waits for the eccentric striker.
“If Zlatan wants to be there, let him call me,” national coach Janne Andersson told the kicker, while captain Andreas Granqvist even got angry when asked: “I’m sick of the questions about Zlatan.”
Indeed, it is doubtful that the 116-times national player for the World Cup in Russia (14. June till 15. July) is still enough. He is no longer the Zlatan of the past. (SERVICE: The World Cup schedule)
Manchester United had not played a match for 90 minutes and no match at all in 2018 until Thursday’s contract termination due to a knee injury this season.
The fact that he now wants to switch to second-class Major League Soccer reveals a lot about his current capabilities.
Even the world’s highest paid footballer has recently fuelled speculation about a comeback for Sweden. But the door is certainly not locked,” Ibrahimovic said at the beginning of March.
What you hear from the national team, however, is a strong argument against it. The team, which is testing against Chile in Stockholm on Saturday (6 p.m.), has formed up without the old star and kicked Italy out in the World Cup playoffs. RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg is now the star.
Meanwhile Ibrahimovic will also live off his heroic status overseas. Especially in the enthusiastic USA and at LA Galaxy, which had already served David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard as basins after the career Zenit.
“Los Angeles is a beautiful city, I’ve been there a lot on vacation. It’s very laid-back,” Zlatan told the Swedish newspaper Expressen some time ago. According to the Daily Mail in February, Ibrahimovic had already looked around for a house in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
He will be able to afford an appropriately showy domicile there in any case. Even if he has to reckon with losses compared to his sumptuously remunerated contract in Manchester, which is said to have given him around 145,000 euros a week.
According to US media, Ibrahimovic is to sign a two-year contract in LA with an annual salary of 1.5 million dollars (approx. 1.2 million euros).