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The players who moved to the MLS from the Premier League - what happened to them?

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a hero's welcome at the airport as he touched down for what could be the final stint of his playing career with LA Galaxy.

Manchester United recently confirmed that the striker was leaving Old Trafford having made just one start in his second season in English football.

Coach Sigi Schmid will now face the challenge that Jose Mourinho eventually struggled with: incorporating the veteran but once world-class Swede into his team.

Ibrahimovic has even hinted he has held a long-standing interest in a move to the USA, saying via Squawka:

"[It] was supposed to happen before Manchester United. My head was here. I wanted to come here."

The 36-year-old is by no means the first talent to swap the Premier League for the MLS, though the league is making ever more attempts to prove itself as more than a retirement home for Europe's elite.

GiveMeSport has taken a look, taking into account only those who moved directly from England to the MLS, rather than going via another league as David Beckham and Thierry Henry did.

Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend made use of Manchester City's partnership with sister club New York City to head stateside, where he scored 15 goals in 29 games. The former England midfielder has been linked with managerial posts but he is chiefly doing pundit work.

Chelsea v Liverpool - Premier League

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The World Cup winner never had the impact he would have liked at United, yet he has impressed with Chicago Fire and earned a new one-year contract in 2017.

2017 MLS All-Star Game: Real Madrid v MLS All-Stars

Steven Gerrard

Ironically, Stevie G will always be remembered as all but a one-club man. At the end of his 17-year association with Liverpool, he moved to LA Galaxy, but he is now back on Merseyside coaching in the Reds' youth set-up.

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Robbie Keane

The Republic of Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer went back to Spurs in 2009 after a short spell with Liverpool. Loans to Celtic and West Ham followed before he joined LA Galaxy - then came another loan to Aston Villa. Keano can now be found in India with ATK, who are managed by his former Tottenham team-mate Teddy Sheringham.

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Clint Dempsey

The US international scored a few important goals during his season at White Hart Lane, but in 2013 he returned to his native country to play for the Seattle Sounders. There were fears he would have to retire due to an irregular heartbeat - they proved unfounded.

United States v Ecuador: Quarterfinal - Copa America Centenario

Tim Howard

A stalwart in the Everton goal for nine years, the stopper left Goodison Park in 2016 to join Colorado Rapids.

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Liam Ridgewell

Ridgewell made his way around the Midlands with Aston Villa, Birmingham, and West Brom before completing a surprise switch to Portland Timbers. Wigan and Brighton have both taken him on loan since then.

Portland Timbers v Los Angeles Galaxy

Jozy Altidore

Premier League fans won't have especially vivid memories of the striker, who scored a grand total of two goals in 70 appearances for Sunderland and Hull - then again, he shone for the Black Cats in a derby against Newcastle, so maybe he'll always have his own little place in their folklore.

2017 MLS Cup - Seattle Sounders v Toronto FC

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