LA Galaxy sign Zlatan Ibrahimović
The LA Galaxy announced today that forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has joined the club. The Swedish striker joins the five-time MLS Cup champions after a decorated career internationally and throughout Europe, where he has starred for Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and his native Sweden while accumulating over 450 goals for club and country.
Ibrahimović was added to the LA Galaxy roster using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), will occupy an International roster spot and will officially join the roster pending receipt of a P1 Visa and ITC. For all MLS roster rules and regulations, click here.
“Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy,” said Ibrahimović. “I am excited to join a club with a winning legacy that has embodied soccer in Los Angeles for over 20 years. I would like to thank everyone at the club for making it possible to play for the LA Galaxy. I am looking forward to joining my teammates, playing at StubHub Center in front of our fans and helping our team compete this season.”
Throughout his career, Ibrahimović has won 11 league titles in four separate countries while representing Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan and Inter Milan in addition to leading his clubs to numerous other major championships, including the UEFA Europa League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Italian Super Cup (3x), French League Cup (3x), French Super Cup (3x), a Dutch Super Cup and Dutch Cup, among others. Overall, Ibrahimović has scored 421 goals for club, 62 goals for the Sweden National Team and tallied 159 assists in 730 club games.
“Adding one of the finest goal scorers in this sport’s history to our roster will tremendously help our club in the hunt for a sixth MLS Cup,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “As one of the winningest players of all time, we believe he’ll have a very positive impact on our team. We are confident that Zlatan can be one of the most dangerous strikers in our league and we are excited to integrate him into our club.”
Ibrahimović began his career with his hometown club, Malmö FF of Sweden, making his professional debut in 1999 at the age of 17. After helping Malmö earn promotion to the Swedish first division the following season, he was signed by Ajax for a club record transfer fee. In three campaigns with Ajax, Ibrahimović garnered further European recognition as he helped the Dutch side to two Eredivisie titles while shining in two UEFA Champions League campaigns. Sold to Juventus in August 2004, Ibrahimović scored 16 goals in his first season with the Bianconeri. The following year, Ibrahimović earned his first of 11 consecutive Guldbollen Awards, an annual prize recognizing Sweden’s best male soccer player.https://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2018/03/23/la-galaxy-sign-zlatan-ibrahimovi