The incomparable Swede has confirmed he will be leaving Paris Saint Germain at the end of the season after a four year stint with the French giants.
“I CAME LIKE A KING, LEFT LIKE A LEGEND”
Importing a player like Ibrahimovic would be a huge coup for MLS. The league already has marquee players; European legends like Frank Lampard, David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, and Kaka just to name a few.
But Ibrahimovic would outshine all of them. If he’s not at the height of his powers, he’s pretty damn close.
The team that would land Ibra? LA Galaxy, of course. The same folks who brought you David Beckham and Giovani Dos Santos.
LA Galaxy already has an embarrassment of riches: Steven Gerrard, Giovani Dos Santos, Ashley Cole, Nigel de Jong, Emmanuel Boateng, Gyasi Zardes.
Even if the rich (LA) get richer, the whole league wins. Getting a world class player like Ibrahimovic would raise the profile of the entire league, just like he did for Ligue 1 in France.
However, LA’s star studded roster leaves little room for the addition of a player like Ibrahimovic, who would certainly command one of, if not the highest salary in MLS.
Currently, LA’s three Designated Players are Gio Dos Santos, Steven Gerrard, and Robbie Keane.
There have been whispers that Keane, just a few months shy of 36, will retire at the end of the season. He’s had a glorious run and the soccer gods wouldn’t be upset if he hung those legendary boots up at the end of the season. He’s earned the right to retire.
However, Dutch national team mainstay Nigel de Jong would likely slide into Keane’s DP slot were he to retire, so it’s not entirely clear how Zlatan would fit into the picture.
That’s fine though – Zlatan has never been an “inside the box” type of guy. Look at this bicycle kick:
Not even that came from inside the box, and bicycle kicks always come from inside the box.
It’s too early to say for sure where Zlatan will land next year. I don’t even know if he knows yet. But if he does end up in MLS, it will be a huge win for the whole league.