ZLATAN Ibrahimovic admits his LA Galaxy debut wonder-goal only happened because he was too “tired” to run.
Following his release by Manchester United, the Swede came off the bench with his new side 3-2 down against rivals LAFC in the first-ever Los Angeles MLS derby.
Galaxy were looking for some inspiration from their new signing, 36, after shocking LAFC with two strikes despite falling 3-0 behind.
The crowd had been chanting for Ibrahimovic in the moments leading to his introduction, and the veteran did not disappoint.
With LAFC’s goalkeeper charging out of his goal before making a mess of a clearance, Ibra pounced on the opportunity to fire off an incredible shot from nearly 40 yards out.
The ball sailed over the keeper’s head, sending Galaxy fans into raptures, and Ibra then completed the stunning turnaround by scoring a winner with the last kick of the game.
However, his first strike would not have occurred if the ace felt he could have sprinted
towards goal instead, with Ibra revealing: “I felt like I played 40 games for my 20 minutes.
“I said, ‘this time I shoot, I don’t run with the ball’. That’s the ball that went in. I said I will save strength to play another 15 minutes. I gave them Zlatan. After that I was like, ‘just stop the game now’. I don’t want to feel any more adrenaline.”
New boss Sigi Schmid added: “That’s just world class. You can’t teach that. You can’t do something brilliant unless you are to be brilliant, and Ibrahimovic is a perfect definition of the guy who always dares to be brilliant.
“That’s got to be a goal that’s going to go around the world. I’m sure it will be a YouTube sensation, it was just fantastic.”