Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the third active player, other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to score 500 career goals across club and international career.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Saturday brought his career goals tally across the club and international career to 500 goals with a sensational strike for LA Galaxy against Major Soccer League match against Toronto FC. With his side trailing 3-0 in the second half, in the first half, Ibrahimovic used his taekwondo skills to direct a ball inside the back of the net, with a roundhouse spinning kick after a long pass from Jonathan dos Santos set him up inside the six-yard box.
Ibrahimovic’s goal not only took his career goals tally to 500, it also inspired his side to take the match to level terms with a 3-3 scoreline in the middle of the second half. Unfortunately, it was not enough to earn Galaxy a point as Toronto scored two late goals to pick up the 5-3 win.
And you can see the goal below:
Zlatan Ibrahimović really scored his 500th career goal with a roundhouse kickpic.twitter.com/9iO96rMDki
— Jack Grimse (@JackGrimse) September 16, 2018
The former Manchester United striker became the third current active player, only after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to score 500 career goals. “Obviously it’s not good to lose … but I’m happy for Toronto because they’ll be remembered as my 500th victim,” he was quoted as saying to TSN after the match.
In his career, the 36-year-old has scored 156 goals for PSG, 66 goals for Inter Milan, 56 goals for AC Milan, 48 goals for Ajax, 29 goals for Manchester United, 26 goals for Juventus, 22 goals for Barcelona and 18 goals for Malmo. He also scored 62 goals for Swedish national side.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 16, 2018
As well as the 22 in Los Angeles, Ibrahimovic scored for Paris Saint-Germain (156 goals), Inter Milan (66), AC Milan (56), Ajax (48), Manchester United (29), Juventus (26), Barcelona (22), and Malmo (18), while also netting 62 goals for the Swedish national team.
Only 27 other footballers have managed the feat, and the former Manchester United man is now official amongst the elite, including modern greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course.
Zlatan left United at the start of the 2018 season to join Galaxy. Since then, the former Swedish international has scored 17 goals for the MLS side in 22 appearances.