Hollywood is a place made for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Here, the Swedish football star can move among the beautiful and rich – among his peers. And they also have a heart for dreamers on the Pacific. No wonder then that the 36-year-old is facing a move to the MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. Because Ibrahimovic wants to work in the dream factory on his next hero story. The daring title: “How I made it to the 2018 World Cup”.
Why dared? After all, Ibrahimovic is probably the best Swedish footballer of all time. But after his resignation following the Euro 2016 in France, one waits for the German World Cup group opponent no longer on the eccentric striker. “If Zlatan wants to be there, he should call me,” said coach Janne Andersson the kicker, while captain Andreas Granqvist on request was angry: “I have the questions about Zlatan tired.”
In fact, it may be doubted that it the 116-time international for the World Cup in Russia (14 June to 15 July) still enough. He is no longer the Zlatan of yore.
For Manchester United he had until the contract resolution on Thursday due to a knee injury in the current season, no game over 90 minutes and completed in 2018 no game at all. The fact that he now wants to switch to the second-league major league soccer in the global comparison, reveals a lot about his current performance.
There are some arguments against a return
Even the formerly highest paid footballer in the world recently fueled the speculation about a comeback for Sweden. Although he must feel that he can “bring performance and give something back”. “But the door is certainly not locked,” Ibrahimovic had said in early March.
What one hears from the circle of the national team, however, speaks strongly against it. The team testing against Chile on Saturday (18.00) in Stockholm also formed without the alto star and threw Italy out in the World Cup play-offs. RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg is now the star.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic will continue to earn his heroic status overseas. Especially in the enthusiastic US and LA Galaxy, which had already served David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard as a catch basin after the career zenith.
“Los Angeles is a beautiful city, I’ve often been there on vacation. It’s very laid-back, “Zlatan had told the Swedish newspaper Expressen some time ago. According to information from the February Daily Mail, Ibrahimovic is said to have been looking for a house in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
Lastly, he can afford a reasonably swanky domicile there by all means. Although he has to expect losses compared to his lavishly paid contract in Manchester, which should have given him around 145 000 euros a week. According to the US media, Ibrahimovic is to sign a two-year contract with an annual salary of 1.5 million dollars (about 1.2 million euros) in LA.