Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 500th career goal
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Sep 17, 2018,
Sep 17, 2018, 0:22
The France global even attempted to imitate Ibrahimovic's famed dexterity but fell some way short before remarking: "I tell you to play football and you watch too much Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee'".
Ibrahimovic has now scored 438 times in his club career.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 or more senior club and worldwide goals after scoring an eye-catching effort during LA Galaxy's defeat by Toronto.
The six-foot-five (1.95 metre) Ibrahimovic joined the 500 club by releasing a perfectly timed roundhouse kick in the 45th minute that fooled Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono.
"I'm happy for Toronto because they'll be remembered as my 500th victim", Ibrahimovic told TSN after the game. Despite reaching the milestone, this proved to be a disappointing night for the former Swedish worldwide and his teammates. It reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax. However, it wasn't to be for the Californian side, who shipped two more goals in the final 15 minutes to lose the game 5-3.
Prior to signing with Los Angeles, Ibrahimovic had spent time with Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic's first goal for the Galaxy was a 40 yard wonder strike that made the score 3-3 in the Los Angeles derby, following that up with a 90th minute victor in his debut match.
"It is an incredible achievement", said Galaxy coach Dominic Kinnear of Ibrahimovic's goal.
"It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it". "The guy is a great goal scorer and it is a memorable one for him for many reasons".