Zlatan Ibrahimovic Responds To Interviewer Who Pronounces His Name Wrong
Zlatan Ibrahimovic might've made the move across the pond to America, to play for L.A Galaxy, but that doesn't mean he's stopped being Zlatan, as was clear in this brilliant television interview on an American sports programme.
After being a standout performer in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union on Sunday, Ibrahimovic gave an interview where, in classic Zlatan fashion, the Swede stated that if he came to the USA ten years before, he would likely be the President of the country.
Via Sky Sports, Ibrahimovic was asked about the impact he's made on American football and he responded: "When asked how he had changed American soccer culture, he replied: "I don't know if I changed it, I just keep doing my job. They're lucky I didn't come 10 years ago because I would be the President today."
Ibrahimovic made an appearance on ESPN show Pardon the Interruption.
And co-host Tony Kornheiser made the unforgivable mistake of not being able to pronounce his name correctly.
"Zlatan, I apologise," Kornheiser says after rectifying his mistake.
Ibrahimovic gives a wink before retorting: "You should know that name by now."
Behind the scenes footage of the moments just before and after our interview with Zlatan... pic.twitter.com/2JB1Lslp2C- PTI (@PTI) July 24, 2018
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Indeed, the towering striker has made a huge impact in the MLS. He has scored 12 goals in 15 outings for his new club, as Galaxy sit comfortably in second place in the Western Conference, four points behind FC Dallas.
Ibrahimovic made the move to America following a successful spell with Manchester United.
Despite his veteran age, he stormed the Premier League when many doubted him, rounding off success for Ibrahimovic in the Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French and English leagues.
zlatan ibrahimovic actually (technically) played only a season for man united. but the way he talks highly of the club and anything associated with it is unbelievable. absolute legend for me. #mufc- antwi-yeboah (@MendeL_012) July 24, 2018
He did score 38 goals in 30 league games in his 2015-16 season. The pre-injury Zlatan, even at the age of 35, was among the best of the best. Although Inter Zlatan was untouchable- Nerko (@Nerko_100) July 25, 2018
His time at Old Trafford fell short only because of a serious injury in the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht at Old Trafford. He decided against accepting wages from Man United as he got back to full health.
We're all enjoying Ibrahimovic's antics over the summer at Galaxy - and we suspect that there's plenty more to come.