Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares 'I am the MLS' after complaining about VAR decision

  • Kobe Tong

Zlatan Ibrahimovic certainly isn’t lacking in the personality department.

The charismatic Swede has been making amusing comments throughout his career and we’re never sure quite how seriously his claims about being a ‘lion’ really are.

Let’s just say he likes to tread a fine line between arrogance and joviality, although football fans wouldn’t have him any other way.

Of course, it won’t be long until Ibrahimovic is hanging up his boots – even if he likes to call himself Benjamin Button – and is currently unwinding his career at LA Galaxy.

Ibrahimovic has joined a long list of players including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who moved to America after seeing out their best playing days in Europe.

LA Galaxy 2-1 Houston Dynamo

However, you could certainly argue that the Swede has moved earlier than others and with 29 goals in just 32 appearances, has by no means taken his foot off the gas.

That was certainly apparent during his most recent outing for Galaxy, which saw them overcome Houston Dynamo 2-1 at the Dignity Health Sports Park.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Diego Polenta scored the winner, but there was plenty of controversy surrounding Houston’s goal on the night.

Zlatan: I am the MLS

The penalty – awarded by VAR – prompted Ibrahimovic to say: “Last time we spoke about VAR, the referee can make a mistake but the guy upstairs or wherever he is watching the replay… They also showed it while we were looking and you could see it was outside.

“I don’t want to complain too much about it but either he drinks coffee while it’s happening or he enjoyed the game too much.

“He didn’t even go out and watch it the referee. I don’t know if it’s an ego thing when they whistle for something they don’t want to go against their call but they need to drop it in that situation.”

However, upon realising that he could be punished for his reaction, Ibrahimovic saved his best comment for last and declared that he makes the US league.

Ibrahimovic told reporters after the game: “I don’t want to be too critical or something because the MLS will punish me but I am MLS so don’t worry about it.” 

The 37-year-old just couldn’t resist making one of his witty comments, although – despite being the biggest name in the league – we’re not sure his logic will check out.

LA Galaxy’s star man will have to wait and see whether he’s punished for the remarks, but regardless of your stance on the decision, it didn’t effect the outcome of the game.

Ibrahimovic currently finds himself in second place in the Western Conference and only ex-Arsenal striker Carlos Vela can better his goal-scoring tally in 2019.

Do you think Ibrahimovic could still perform at a top European club? Have your say in the comments section below.

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