For a fleeting time, he rolled back the years, but in the end, time caught up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as injuries brought down the curtain on a glittering career in European football’s major leagues.
Without fanfare, the legendary Swede walked away from Manchester United after the club agreed to cancel his contract and according to Sports Illustrated, is set to join LA Galaxy on a $3m contract until the end of the 2019 season.
The Californian club has a long history of accepting refugees from the English game but none bar David Beckham, have been more famous. An inflated ego demanded outrageous talent and Zlatan delivered, even in his Premier League cameo which was interrupted by knee ligament damage suffered last season.
It didn’t stop him being an integral part of Manchester United’s successful Europa League campaign which gave him his only European trophy, despite spells with Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, and Paris St-Germain, with whom he has won titles in their respective leagues.
In typically understated style, his arrival in Los Angeles is to be announced today with a full-page advert in the Los Angeles Times. Galaxy are hopeful he will be fit for the first in a new local derby against LAFC at the end of this month.