Ibrahimovic had turned out for many of Europe’s top teams, such as Amsterdam’s Ajax, AC
Milan, Barcelona, Paris SaintGermain and Manchester United, before he signed for US team LA Galaxy in 2018.
“Now go back to baseball,” he told his supporters at the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he was, between 2018 and 2019, the best player in the North American Championship.
“I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you LA Galaxy for making me feel alive again.”
During his time at PSG he promised to stay ‘if they replace the Eiffel Tower with (his) statue’. “I arrived like a king, I’m leaving like a legend,” he said after he left the French club.
He proved in California that he still had legs after injuries precipitated his departure from Manchester United in 2017.
But Ibrahimovic’s strength is that he has the talent to back up his verbal jibes.
He delighted fans with his ‘kung fu’ goals, his outrageous overhead goal against England in 2012, or the slalom in 2004 with Ajax, dribbling past six players to beat the goalkeeper, which launched his career.
At PSG, he became the best scorer in the club’s history, with 156 goals in 180 games, before being overtaken by Edinson Cavani.
He was twice top Serie A scorer, in 2009 with Inter and in 2012 with AC Milan, he also has the record for the Swedish national team with 62 goals.
His first year with Manchester United was a success, with 28 goals in 46 games, before he was sidelined with a his knee ligament tear before leaving Europe in March 2018.
At the age when most players are on the decline, the Swede is trying to stretch an already rich career.