Zlatan Ibrahimovic Leaving LA Galaxy After 2 Seasons

LA Galaxy's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo by Michael Janosz/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (9697916ac)

We won’t be witnessing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s magic on MLS games anymore. LA Galaxy confirmed on Wednesday that Ibrahimovic will be leaving the club after spending two years with the organization. 

It looked like Ibrahimovic and Galaxy would manage to work out a contract extension during the past several days, but the two sides ended up failing to find an agreement.

The 38-year-old first broke the story about his departure, posting a cryptic message on social media in which he thanked the club and the fans for “making him feel alive again.”

Shortly after that, the Galaxy confirmed the news. 

“Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion.” – said LA Galaxy president Chris Klein in a statement. “We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”

Ibrahimovic joined Galaxy ahead of the 2018 MLS season, and immediately asserted himself as one of the league’s best players. He ended up making 53 appearances with the club and scoring 52 goals while also dishing 17 assists.

According to several reports, Ibrahimovic will most likely continue his career in Europe with AC Milan and Napoli being mentioned as favorites for his signature.