Then again, there has never been a game like Saturday's LA Galaxy-LAFC game.
El Trafico is what the new rivalry was dubbed, but the first game was a clasico.
Less than 48 hours after arriving in Los Angeles, Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score two goals and lead the Galaxy to a 4-3 win over LAFC.
Simply for the moment living up to the attention, the game should go down as the greatest in the history of MLS.
Only MLS Cup 1996 -- the league's first final, played in a Nor'easter, late D.C. United comeback from 2-0 down, Eddie Pope golden goal -- comes close.
Saturday's game was the first derby between the new LA rivals. And for the first hour, it looked like the new kid in town, LAFC, had taken over. Winner by 1-0 and 5-1 in its first games on the road, LAFC jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and led 3-0 after an hour. On another day, Carlos Vela would be lauded for his genius on LAFC's first goal.
Then the game got crazy. Sebastian Lletget and Chris Pontius scored for the Galaxy to make it 3-2 and set things for Zlatan time.
“The fans were demanding something," he said afterward, "and I gave them Zlatan.”
Ibrahimovic's tying goal -- a 40-yard shot over retreating LAFC keeper Tyler Miller -- in the 77th minute would have been enough to make the game an instant classic, but he took it to another level when he scored on a header in stoppage time to win the game for the Galaxy.
“When you're losing, 3-0, the adrenaline is pumping even more, because you want to be able to do something, help the team, help especially when you're in a difficult situation," Ibrahimovic said. "And I just wanted to come in."
On his first goal, the ball fell perfectly for him to fire away.
"I felt I played 40 games for my 20 minutes," said Ibrahimovic, who had not played six Boxing Day for Manchester United. "I did the first sprint and I was starting to breathe [heavily] immediately. So I said this time, I shoot. I don't run with the ball."
On the winning goal, Ibrahimovic slid between two LAFC defenders and beat Miller to a cross from left back Ashley Cole.
"The fourth was even more crazy because you are winning the game," he said. "After that I was like 'just stop the game now.'"
Mark your calendars now: July 26. The rematch, at Banc of California Stadium