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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: La Galaxy striker to stay with Major League Soccer side for 2019

By Simon Stone

BBC Sport

55 minutes ago | Football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic posted a video suggesting he will stay with LA Galaxy

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy for another season.

The Swede, 37, joined the American side in March after the mutual termination of his Manchester United contract.

Ibrahimovic scored 22 goals in 27 appearances but Galaxy failed to make the end-of-season play-offs.

He had been linked with a return to Europe, including to former club AC Milan in Italy, but has signed an improved deal for the 2019 MLS season.

Ibrahimovic had hinted he would be staying in a social media post on Monday.

He tweeted a video of himself standing in the LA Galaxy dressing room with the caption: "I'm not done with you yet."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46593213

 

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Ibrahimovic sets MLS record with 2019 salary

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 2019 salary of $7.2 million (£5.7m) is a new MLS record, usurping the $7.1m paid to Sebastian Giovinco in 2017 and 2018. 

The Swedish star, 37, joined the LA Galaxy from Manchester United last year with his 2019 salary a huge increase on the $1.5m he was paid during his first year and sees him move to the top of the pile in terms of wages in the division, according to the MLS Players Association's (MLSPA) salary guide. 

The rise in pay should not come as any shock, with the forward having made a remarkable impact, scoring 33 MLS goals in 39 appearances

While Ibrahimovic being top of the pile should come as little shock, given the cut-price deal he signed during his first year with the league, the second name on the list is surprising.  

Giovani dos Santos, a teammate of Ibrahimovic's until his March release, is still set to be paid $6.5m in total compensation, leaving him level with USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley as the second-highest paid player in the league.  

While some of the salary numbers will certainly draw criticism, the MLSPA’s release of data points to positive trends for players in the league.  

The average salary for senior roster non-designated players increased 13.3 per cent to $345,867 and is up over 150 per cent from $138,140 in 2014.

 “We are encouraged by the continued salary growth that has occurred over each of the last five years. As the League grows and revenues increase, it’s critical that we see this kind of continued investment in player compensation up and down the roster,” said MLSPA Executive Director Bob Foose.  

“Players are the heart of MLS, and if MLS is to become the league of choice that it aspires to be, it needs to keep pace in an increasingly competitive market for players, both domestic and international. We feel good about these trends, and we expect to see them continue.” 

The data also points to a steady growth of over 10 per cent per year in salary for players 10-18 on the roster over the course of the last half-decade, and Foose is of the belief that the MLSPA’s decision to make the data public is helping continue the growth of salaries across the league.  

“As I have believed from the beginning when the Players Association fought to make this data public, access to salary information benefits players through added transparency in the contract market,” said Foose.

“Transparency is critical to ensure player performance is properly rewarded.” 

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/football/ibrahimovic-sets-mls-record-with-2019-salary/ar-AACMXwA?MSCC=1560412116&ocid=chromentp

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LA Galaxy fans have an exciting new name to put on the back of their replica shirts - although the striker playing in the number nine jersey against Toronto FC looked strangely familiar.

Thanks to some careless printing, it was Zlatan 'Ibrahimovic' whose two late goals brought a welcome victory for the MLS side in their 4 July match.

The Swede's goals in the 2-0 win were his first in a month, and take him to 13 for the season, also ending his side's 140-minute goalless stretch.

The 37-year-old former Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and AC Milan star is in his second season in the US, after moving from Old Trafford to the Dignity Health Sports Park in March 2018.

Galaxy are currently second in the MLS Western Conference on 34 points, six points behind leaders and city rivals Los Angeles FC.

Mixed night for Rooney

Meanwhile, it was a night of mixed fortunes for Ibrahimovic's former United team-mate Wayne Rooney as the 33-year-old DC United captain was shown a red card in the 33rd minute for a high tackle, only to have it reduced to a yellow after the video assistant referee intervened.

But Rooney's reprieve could not prevent defeat for DC, who were already 1-0 down to FC Dallas following a sixth-minute Santiago Mosquera goal. Dominique Badji secured the 2-0 win in the 65th minute.

DC are second in the Eastern Conference, while Philadelphia are four points clear at the top.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48879769

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31 minutes ago, Stick With Azeem said:

@SirBalon @Stan @Spike what do you think ? I would have picked Zlatan over Zlatan for that central striker also Zlatan should be the substitute in this team him and Zlatan would link up very well in the final stages when Zlatan moves up the field. 

Ibra proved to be a miles more balanced footballer than Zlatan. Zlatan was a lot of white smoke and too much mouth while Ibra just spoke on the pitch. ;)

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6 hours ago, Stick With Azeem said:

@SirBalon @Stan @Spike what do you think ? I would have picked Zlatan over Zlatan for that central striker also Zlatan should be the substitute in this team him and Zlatan would link up very well in the final stages when Zlatan moves up the field. 

For me, it's Zlatan.

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1 minute ago, Cicero said:

Controversial here but I’d bench Zlatan for Zlatan

At what point do you drop Zlatan and give a new Zlatan a chance? Or do you rely on experienced Zlatan?

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16 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Controversial here but I’d bench Zlatan for Zlatan

Well i can see your point but Zlatan was just having a purple patch playing in a team filled with stars like Zlatan, Zlatan etc

Doesnt mean he's technically better than Zlatan who could play in any system. 

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1 hour ago, Stick With Azeem said:

Well i can see your point but Zlatan was just having a purple patch playing in a team filled with stars like Zlatan, Zlatan etc

Doesnt mean he's technically better than Zlatan who could play in any system. 

Zlatan’s system. Is there any other????

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a perfect hat-trick after claim he's 'best by far' in MLS

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  The 37-year-old bagged a perfect hat trick days after claiming he is "by far" the best player in the league

When you claim you're "like a Ferrari" in a league full of "Fiats" you'd better back it up.

Well yet again, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved he's as good as his word.

Earlier in the week, the 37-year-old LA Galaxy striker was asked whether he was still the best player in the MLS, given Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela is the top scorer this season.

Answer: "By far. Because if he's [Vela] in his prime. How old is he? 29. And he's playing in MLS and he's in his prime. When I was 29 [I was in Europe]. Big difference."

FULL REPORT

 

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It’s got to a point that he has to be put in amongst the greatest of all time. I would have to reshuffle a few coz he has to be put in there.

Infact I reckon he’s been quite underrated but part of that is of his own making by missing too many years in nonsensical leagues (with all due respects).

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