…That’s what he says…
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Los Angeles Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, besides his superb soccer skills, is famous for his outlandishly arrogant and egotistical remarks. Recently in an interview he stated that he is currently the best player in the MLS, even at age 37.
Is that true? We might automatically say no and push it to the side and say it’s just another prideful athlete talking about his accolades. Let’s look into it.
On July 20th he backed up his words from the day before that he was “by far” the best player in the league and that he “was a Ferrari among Fiats.” The Galaxy beat the best team in the MLS, LAFC in the rivalry game between the two LA teams, dubbed “El Trafico.”
The Galaxy did not just beat them though, Zlatan scored all three goals to lift them to a 3-2 win. And they were impressive goals too.
Zlatan, a Swedish player that has played for multiple high level European clubs, moved to the MLS last season, as many talented stars do after they become “too old” for Europe.
This season, Zlatan has 16 goals to his name, while LAFC’s Carlos Vela leads all scorers with 21. Vela also has 12 assists, tied for the most in the league.
If we take Zlatan’s age (he’s 37) into consideration, he is playing significantly better than the 29 year old Vela. It is extremely unlikely Vela will be playing like Zlatan is now when he’s 37, if Vela is even still playing.
Zlatan, Vela, Wayne Rooney, and Josef Martinez are all somewhat close to the title of “Best MLS Player,” and the contest may be closer than Zlatan thinks it is.
However, as of now, Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to be edging out his competitors.
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