Zlatan Ibrahimovic Explains Why He Shot From So Far Out
Was it ever in doubt that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was going to make a major splash when he moved to the MLS with LA Galaxy. And in typical Zlatan fashion he was well worth the money off the pitch as well as on it.
The Swede left Manchester United last week and joined LA Galaxy straight away, arriving in America just a couple of days ahead of Galaxy's match against LAFC, where Zlatan would make his debut.
Having barely been with the club two days the former PSG forward was handed a place on the bench but entered the fray in the 70th minute with his new team 3-1 down at half time.
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He set up Chris Pontius to make it 3-2 just minutes after coming on and four minutes later he struck from over 30 yards out to equalise in incredible fashion. He wasn't done there though, grabbing a winner in injury time for the ultimate comeback.
But it was the equaliser that will be added to his ever growing highlight reel of amazing goals. After the match the 36 year old revealed it wasn't a love for the spectacular that led to his long range effort but more the fact he was already struggling:
"It was hot. Believe me, after ten minutes I needed sun cream. The first time I sprint I felt my breath go.
"As a second striker, you change the tactic, I saw Ola go up to head the ball in the duel, you go behind to see if the ball will come. And I saw the goalkeeper, he was out. I think... this time I will shoot."
It's totally understandable that Zlatan would have been struggling for fitness in the match even though he'd only been on the pitch for about 10 minutes. He'd not long travelled to America from Manchester, he wouldn't yet have been used to the increase in heat and he's got no match fitness right now.
Zlatan added that his short 20 minute stint was all he could have handled yesterday, adding, "I was happy when the game was finished because I couldn't play another 15 minutes."
And that was just day one, imagine what the rest of his time in the MLS is likely to bring, can it get any better? It's Zlatan, of course it can!