New LA Galaxy Signing Zlatan Ibrahimović Gives Classic Interview After Stunning Debut

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"He's a magical soccer player", said Ishizaki, who made his debut Sweden debut alongside Ibrahimovic in 2001.

"You saw early that he was thinking of shooting, and I thought, it's gonna go in - it's Zlatan, it's gonna go in", former Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, who covered the game for Eurosport, told Reuters.

But Galaxy fought back in the second half with goals by Sebastian Lletget and Chris Pontius before Ibrahimovic stole the show.

On the winning goal, Ibrahimovic slid between two LAFC defenders and beat Miller to a cross from left back Ashley Cole.

Speaking after the victory, via the Independent, the 36-year-old was full of his characteristic cockiness, claiming: "I heard the crowd saying "We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan".

"If you look back, every team I played for, I scored in my first official game".

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Galaxy were in real trouble after former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela had scored twice in the first half to give LAFC a 2-0 advantage.

The Swede who was making his debut for the Galaxy was brought off the bench to score a stunning volley to bring his side level against Los Angeles FC before also going on to bag the victor.

"My history when I come to a new team, I always score in the first game - I didn't want to let it down this time", he said. You can't do something brilliant unless you dare to be brilliant, and Ibrahimovic is a ideal definition of the guy who always dares to be brilliant.

"I felt like I played 40 games for my 20 minutes", Ibrahimovic said. If you do that, you can pull off things.

Zlatan arrived in Los Angeles after being released by Manchester United on March 22.

But Los Angeles did not have to wait long for the second, with Vela beating Bingham before coolly taking his time to lift his shot into the goal off the underside of the bar.

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