Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in Major League Soccer in a manner that is typical of the man.
Ibrahimovic left Manchester United on Thursday after an injury-hit second season at Old Trafford, and looks set to end his career with LA Galaxy in the US.
Although the move has yet to be officially confirmed by the club themselves (though for all intents and purposes it is a done deal), Zlatan himself has jumped the gun and take out a full-page at in the Los Angeles times to prepare American audiences for his imminent arrival.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) March 23, 2018
The text simply reads “Dear Los Angeles. You’re Welcome.”
The lead story on the LA Times’ sport section on Friday is also dedicated to Ibrahimovic, the superstar signing to rival that of David Beckham a decade ago in terms of fanfare and star quality. It also shows the first picture of the striker in the Galaxy kit.
— Avi Creditor (@AviCreditor) March 23, 2018
With the MLS season already underway, Ibra will have to get up to speed quickly if he wants to make as big an impact in the US as he wants to in the 2018 season. The 36-year-old will be expected, and expecting himself, to lead the Sigi Schmid’s side to the MLS Cup for the first time since 2014, as well as filling the goalscoring void left by Robbie Keane’s departure in 2016.