Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his 500th career goal in a dramatic fashion on Saturday in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 5-3 loss to Toronto FC in the MLS.
Please play forever, Zlatan. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/KA2ezIdunL
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 16, 2018
There have been countless extraordinary goals in the Zlatan’s career and the 500th one was up there among the best.
Playing for MLS side LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th goal of his career for club and country on Saturday in fittingly bizarre fashion. The 36-year-old Swedish striker found the net with a roundhouse kick on the volley from Jonathan dos Santos‘ lofted pass into the box in the 43rd minute to reach the milestone. The fans were in awe as Ibrahimovic latched onto a ball dropping over his head, spun and flicked it into the net in an outlandish yet glorious manner.
Los Angeles Galaxy were 3-0 down at the time but Ibrahimovic’s goal fueled a raging Galaxy comeback that saw a tie game by the 58th minute. However, Toronto FC responded with two more goals to win 5-3.
The outspoken Swede joins the two legends of the game Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 goals for club and country.
Zlatan's journey from 0 to 500 – congratulations, Ibra! 💪 pic.twitter.com/mmqU8GXYVw
— Goal (@goal) September 16, 2018
The majority of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals have come in club competition from spells in Holland, Italy, Spain, France, England and now in the United States where he has scored 17 goals in 18 league games. Over his illustrious club career, he has scored for Paris Saint-Germain (156 goals), Inter Milan (66), AC Milan (56), Ajax (48), Manchester United (29), Juventus (26), Barcelona (22), Malmo (18) and now LA Galaxy (17).
In the international platform, he has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden.
Despite the loss, Zlatan Ibrahimovic recognized his major achievement on Twitter with his usual grandeur. The veteran striker marked the occasion tweeting the number 500 along with a picture proclaiming himself as the “God of goals”.
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 16, 2018
You do you Zlatan!