‘Fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter’

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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