The Zlatan Ibrahimovic
era in MLS is over.
After two seasons at the LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovic announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the club by mutual agreement.
He departs with 52 goals and 17 assists in two seasons during which he filled highlight reels with spectacular goals and the
notebooks of reporters with memorable quotes, most about himself.
He was also a regular on the late-night talk show circuit, charming hosts with stories about himself.
Despite the 52 goals in 56 games, the Galaxy struggled for any consistency. It failed to make the 2018 playoffs and fell to LAFC in the Western Conference semifinals in 2019 after winning, 2-1, at
Minnesota United in Round One.
Ibrahimovic was often a one-man show to the detriment of developing any rhythm within the Galaxy, but he was worth ever penny for his ability to
bring attention to the Galaxy in the face of new LAFC.
He scored twice in the MLS debut -- a 4-3 win against LAFC -- and also scored a hat trick in a 3-2 win over LAFC in 2019. The
playoff loss was the first to LAFC in six games. The former Sweden international scored once in the game to finish with nine goals in the six meetings with LAFC.
The Galaxy was the ninth
stop Ibrahimovic, who also has played for Manchester United, Paris St. Germain, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Ajax and Malmo.
Ibrahimovic is 38 and limited in terms of his
mobility because of a knee injury suffered at Manchester United but he has not yet retired. He has been linked with Italian club Bologna as well as teams in Argentina, Brazil and Australia.