Den 500. Of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not just score goals in his career. "Are you serious?", Even asked his club LA Galaxy. "Zlatan is unreal," commented ESPN sports journalists. And Ibrahimovic himself? He promptly staged himself in Thor fashion in front of a glittering sky as the "god of the gates".
It was the 43rd minute in the match between Los Angeles and Toronto FC. Galaxy was already behind with 0: 3. A pass from midfield into the penalty area of Toronto transformed Ibrahimovic in a most artistic way: he initially awaited the ball with his back to the opponent's goal. In the air, the 1.95-meter Swede turned elegantly 180 degrees and extended the ball with the right outside into the gate of Toronto. "I have never received such a goal," said FC keeper Alex Bono.
Even the fans of host Toronto rose from their seats and applauded the 36-year-old Swede, who scored with goal number 500 of his career in a very elite circle. Only the two superstars Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal and Lionel Messi from Argentina have also scored at least 500 goals so far.
That the game LA Galaxy lost 3: 5, was a minor matter. That the Toronto fans bowed down to the opposing superstar, this took more of a minor matter. "It's not the first time that I get ovations from the opponent's fans," said Ibrahimovic, who did not cheer himself on the pitch. He has met 17 times in Major League Soccer since joining Manchester United to California. Another 421 goals are spread over his time at Malmo FF, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United.
For the Swedish national team, he scored 62 goals, including some memorable as the goal in November 2012 in a friendly against England. From further over 20 meters, he then sank the ball with a fallback.