The Swedish Legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the Major League Soccer Goal of the Season award and has also been named the MLS Newcomer of the Year.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the award for his sensational 40-Yard strike against LAFC, which was incidentally the 37-Year-Old’s debut game for Galaxy. The Goal holds particular relevance as LA Galaxy were trailing Rivals LAFC 2-3 and Ibrahimovic’s ‘Missile’ shot completely dumbfounded the Goalkeeper to make it 3-3. LAFC Goalkeeper Tyler Miller took a Free-Kick from the edge of the box and after an aerial duel and some confusion, the ball landed perfectly for Zlatan who hit it with some venom to score his Debut MLS Goal.
The 2018 MLS Goal of the Year belongs to Zlatan Ibrahimović for THIS strike in his debut 🔥🦁 pic.twitter.com/ofAjPCDuKb
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 13, 2018
What capped his debut off in even more exciting fashion is the fact that Zlatan went on to win that game for LA Galaxy with a stoppage-time goal, wrapping up an excellent 4-3 Win to announce himself in the MLS. Eight months later as the Season is coming to a close Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved that though he’s 37-Years-Old he is no pushover and the 22 Goals he’s scored in 27 appearances is a testament to that fact.
Incidentally, Zlatan’s 500th Career Goal was also up for Nomination, A Karate Kick scored against Toronto FC. Galaxy Midfielder Giovani Dos Santos Put in a looping lob into the box and though the angle was a difficult one for Zlatan he pulled out the Karate Kick and scored an absolute blinder capturing everyone’s attention. See For yourself.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 16, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, even at 37-Years-Old is one of the most consistent and lethal goalscorers in World Football. Sure, his attitude may come off as cocky and problematic at times but he is a Player with immense experience and an incredibly consistent goalscoring record that will undoubtedly put most Modern day strikers to shame.
There were a few reports linking Ibrahimovic to Spanish giants Real Madrid and though Santiago Solari has stabilized the ship in the Spanish Capital having someone like Zlatan may not hurt. Though it will only be a short-term solution it may be an effective one as Ibrahimovic can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, in terms of personality. There seems to be no Leader in that Real Madrid Camp who would stand up and Say “I’ll win the game for us” and Ibrahimovic may just give the Los Blancos the extra push they need to come back to winning ways.