‘I’m From Planet Zlatan’ - Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not new to singing his own praise, but he has taken it a step further with his latest comments.
The former Sweden international see himself as “Superman”, with a mercurial talent claiming to come “from my own planet – Planet Zlatan”.
The striker's CV includes many of Europe's biggest clubs - Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, both Milan sides, Paris St-Germain and Manchester United. He has scored goals in spectacular number and nature, and has spoken just as explosively and freely wherever he has been.
He has won 25 major club trophies during his career, is his country's all-time record goalscorer and has an individual honours list on Wikipedia that is 43 entries long.
The latest of these solo gongs come from his debut season in Major League Soccer (MLS), where his typically superb displays for LA Galaxy earned him a place in the league's best XI and the newcomer of the year award.
He also claimed the goal of the season for a truly stunning 40-yard strike on his debut in the LA derby to level the score at 3-3.
Just to ensure everyone was paying attention, he then scored the game's winner in the 91st minute.
He has always done things his way, and is not about to change at 37 years of age.
“I came from my own planet, with something that no one has seen,” Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport.
“I'm a guy from this area that they think is the ghetto. They saw me differently, they did not make me feel welcome, they did not make me feel like everyone else, but I came with something else and now they follow that. I came from my own planet - Planet Zlatan.”
He has plundered over 440 club goals along the way, while netting 62 times in 116 appearances for his country.
There have been countless highs, but also a few lows.
A serious knee injury suffered during his first season with United in 2017 presented Ibrahimovic with the kind of test he is unaccustomed to, but he has never shirked a challenge and proved himself all over again after returning to fitness and rediscovering his talismanic best in America.
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