Though Galaxy’s five MLS Cups pale in comparison to the Red Devils’ 20 Premier League titles, Ibrahimovic believes he’s choosing the best team in America.
“I decided to sign with Galaxy because I think it’s the right place for me,” Ibrahimovic said. “I think I have a lot to give, I can help them a lot and it’s the best team in the US. So there were no doubts.”
Athletics legend Usain Bolt insists he is serious about realising his dream of becoming a top-class footballer after training with Borussia Dortmund.
“I really want to try and make it professionally, to play at a high level,” the sprint superstar told reporters on Friday at the German league club.
“My goal is to make a top team and play in one of the top leagues in the world.”
Having already trained with the team behind closed doors on Thursday, Friday’s open session could be seen as a publicity stunt as both Bolt and Dortmund are sponsored by Puma.
The Bundesliga club live-streamed the training session and in China alone 1.2 million viewers tuned in.
The 31-year-old Bolt insists he is deadly serious about starting a new career – at an age when most footballers are hanging up their boots.
As expected, Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, showed phenomenal pace over the turf.
He was proud of the header he scored in a practice game, but admits having much to learn.
“I’m tall, so it’s one of the things I have practised over the years,” he said of his header with sweat pouring down his face.
“I was working hard out there, I wanted to play my best, move and give the guys options.”
Bolt, a Manchester United fan, is already due to play at the club’s iconic Old Trafford stadium in a charity football match on June 10.
Bolt will line up opposite British pop star Robbie Williams and captain the Soccer Aid World XI in a match to raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef.
While the Premier League is a grand stage where a new exciting talent has the opportunity to enjoy a meteoric rise to stardom, they can just as quickly fall off the radar.
Several promising England youngsters have flitted in and out of the spotlight.
Some have opted to leave the country altogether to get their careers back on track.
Here’s a look at five English players who are currently plying their trade abroad.
ADEMOLA LOOKMAN – RB LEIPZIG
The 20-year-old scored on his debut for Everton last January when he came off the bench in a 4-0 win over Manchester City and enjoyed a few promising appearances this season as well. Starved of playing time though, Lookman pushed for a move to RB Leipzig in the winter transfer window even though the Toffees preferred he signed for a Championship side with Derby County the front runners.
He did get his move to the Bundesliga though and scored the winner on his debut as a late substitute away to Borussia Monchengladbach. That remains his only goal for the side having made five appearances so far.
CHUBA AKPOM – SINT TRUIDENSE
The Arsenal youth product made his senior debut for the club back in 2013. Since then, he’s mustered a further 11 appearances for the Gunners and is currently on his sixth loan spell, this time to Belgian First Division A side Sint-Truiden. He’s made four appearances so far, scoring once.
The striker has struggled to make an impact since breaking through the ranks at Arsenal and many view his spell in Belgium at present as his final chance to prove his mettle. Failing to do so could see the 22-year-old slip into obscurity once his time on Arsenal’s books comes to an end.
JADON SANCHO – BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Manchester City may have lost a huge English talent when they allowed Jadon Sancho to join Dortmund last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million. The German club rated him so highly that he was immediately handed the No7 shirt vacated by Barcelona-bound Ousmane Dembele.
Sancho, who won the U-17 World Cup with England last year, has impressed in his six appearances for the club, bagging one assist. An ankle injury has seen him sidelined of late but the 17-year-old is rapidly approaching a full recovery and should be back in action soon.
RAVEL MORRISON – ATLAS
Rio Ferdinand has called him the best young player he’s ever seen and Sam Allardyce has labeled him the biggest waste of talent he’s ever seen. That tells you all you need to know about Ravel Morrison. Blessed with all the ability in the world, his poor attitude and off-field troubles has rendered him a failure.
After producing rare breath-taking moments at Manchester United, West Ham, Birmingham and Lazio, the Englishman – who is however considering turning out for the Jamaican national team – is currently plying his trade in the Mexican league for Atlas. And of course, he’s recently scored a sublime free-kick. Now we wait for the other shoe to drop.
REECE OXFORD – BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH
In July 2015, Oxford became West Ham’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 221 days when he played in a 3–0 win against Andorran club Lusitanos in a Europa League qualifier. His Premier League bow that August – starting in a 2-0 win over Arsenal – made everyone sit up and take notice. In his following appearances, the youngster exhibited his versatility, comfortable playing in midfield or defence. He was quickly touted as one of England’s most promising youth prospects.
He was loaned to Borussia Monchengladbach at the start of this season before briefly returning to West Ham in the winter, only to be returned to the Bundesliga club on loan again at the end of January. He’s made five appearance so far this season.