Zlatan Ibrahimovic may think he’s the biggest and best player in the MLS, but as it stands he’s being outshone by a certain Carlos Vela.
Vela, 30, scored another two goals for Los Angeles FC last night during a 4-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.
He now has a remarkable 26 goals in 25 games this season – more than anyone else and six more than Ibrahimovic – not to mention 15 assists.
Los Angeles are top of the Western Conference by 19 points and Vela has almost single-handedly fired them to that position.
Comparisons have been made between the Mexican and Ibrahimovic this season, which saw them come to blows in mid-July.
Ibrahimovic insisted they can’t be compared because of where they played in their primes, whereas Vela said the numbers speak for themselves.
When asked if he’s better than Vela, Ibrahimovic replied: “By far. How old is he, 29? And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime. When I was 29 [I was in Europe].”
To which Vela responded: “Comparing would show a lack of respect towards him, but if we look at the stats and forget age and whatever, I’m better than him right now, that’s the reality.”
Vela has 18 more goals and assists than Ibrahimovic in the MLS this season, so there’s weight to his argument that he’s the better player right now.
The former Arsenal man has scored some special goals for Los Angeles in 2019 and he added another one to his collection last night by completely humiliating San Jose’s defence.
After dummying the ball to start the move, Vela skipped past two defenders, rounded the goalkeeper and then sent another defender sliding before finding the back of the net. Check it out below.
Absolute filth from Vela.
Los Angeles still have another eight games to play before the MLS season finishes and the play-offs begin, so it’s a wonder how many goals the 30-year-old will end up on.