Even at 37 years-old, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still making headlines with his comments, and this time they are directed towards fellow MLS star, Carlos Vela of LAFC.
Of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela are direct rivals in the El Trafico derby between the LA Galaxy and LAFC. When asked who was better, Zlatan had a pretty straight forward answer that will infuriate many in the MLS.
According to ESPN, this is what the Swedish player had to say,
“By far, because if he’s in his prime. How old is he? Twenty-nine,” said Ibrahimovic. “And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime. When I was 29 [I was in Europe]. Big difference.”
The former AC Milan star has been known for his derogatory remarks to the MLS and its quality, but going after arguably the best player in the league will sends sparks across Los Angeles. It will add fuel to the fire to their game on Friday night, and do not be surprised to see a little bit of flare if the two players come in contact with one another.
Ibrahimovic and Vela have 13 and 19 goals respectively, and at the moment, Vela is probably the more clinical of the two. However, even at 37, Ibra has an eye for goal like no other and can pick one out from nearly anywhere. I am sure people still haven’t forgotten his 500th goal against Toronto that was a real eye-catcher.
Or this goal from just earlier last month.
Nevertheless, expect the game to be very entertaining as the two sides are filled with talent. Currently LAFC are atop the Western Conference standings with 46 points across 20 matches, while the LA Galaxy are in third with 34 points in the same amount of fixtures.
The game will be played at the Dignity Health Tennis Center, the home of the LA Galaxy, but as most American derbies go, the crowd will be 50/50 in terms of support. Expect a few boos for Zlatan, but just as many cheers when the “Derby King” scores a worldie in front of Los Angeles, and everyone watching at home.