Tuesday 24 April 2018

WATCH: LA Galaxy confirm the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the video to greet him is suitably lavish

Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed the arrival of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the video to greet his arrival in California befitting the extravagant ego of the big new arrival in America's Major League Soccer.

Manchester United announced on Thursday the 36-year-old Swede had been released from his contract, with Ibrahimovic announcing his arrival in Los Angeles by taking out a full-page advert in the LA Times to greet himself.

The LA Times also featured a full-page advertisement about Ibrahimovic which simply read: "Dear Los Angeles, You're welcome."

Ibrahimovic's signature, above '#9', and the Galaxy logo were at the bottom of the ad.

Now Galaxy have unveiled the striker on their Twitter feed, with Ibrahimovic's repeated assertion that he is no ordinary footballer and more akin to a lion the theme of the viral video.

The Swede has long been a target for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy - and he now looks set to follow the likes of former England captains David Beckham and Steven Gerrard to the StubHub Center, where he will play alongside ex-Chelsea and Arsenal full-back Ashley Cole.

LA Times journalist Dylan Hernandez believes Ibrahimovic has the character needed to make an impact. "If this doesn't work, if Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to take the Galaxy out of the shadows of this city's sporting landscape, the soccer franchise might as well not sign another big-name foreign player," he wrote.

"Because if Ibrahimovic can't make Los Angeles care about the Galaxy, there isn't a player who can."

Ibrahimovic had returned to competitive action for United in November after recovering from surgery to repair his ruptured cruciate ligament.

But his last game was on Boxing Day, when he was substituted at half-time of the 2-2 draw at home to Burnley.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January and the form of Romelu Lukaku have made it more difficult for Ibrahimovic to regain his place and, with question marks over his fitness and his contract ticking down, the time appeared right for a move.

Ibrahimovic left United having scored 29 goals in 53 games.

Following his departure from Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic wrote on Instagram: "Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United.

"Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history."

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