Ronaldo meets Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy squad

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Ever since Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s move from Manchester United there has been a buzz about LA Galaxy‘s MLS campaign.

The Swedish striker scored a sensational volley and also the winner on debut for his new club.

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic and his team mates were paid a special visit by former Brazil striker Ronaldo on Wednesday.

The two legendary stars later posed for a picture together inside LA Galaxy’s dressing room which was posted by the ex-Inter Milan and Real Madrid star on his Instagram.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic not expecting repeat of 'crazy' LA Galaxy debut

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned Los Angeles Galaxy fans on Friday not to expect a repeat of his remarkable debut as he prepares to face in-form Sporting Kansas City this weekend.

The Swedish superstar made a sensational start to his Major League Soccer career last week, scoring twice after coming on as a substitute in the Galaxy’s 4-3 comeback win over Los Angeles FC at the StubHub Center.

The 36-year-old striker’s brace included a spectacular 35-yard volleyed equaliser before an injury-time winner as the Galaxy overturned a 3-0 deficit to take all three points.

But Ibrahimovic cautioned fans against expecting another roller coaster when the Galaxy entertain Western Conference leaders Kansas City on Sunday.

“Crazy game like that again? I hope not,” Ibrahimovic said.

“I hope we can control the game better, more, and play under control. Let’s see. I try to do my best every game and I try to help teammates and win the game. I don’t expect crazy things every game. I’ll try, but it’s not often it goes in, so please.”

Ibrahimovic, who joined the Galaxy from Manchester United on a two-year deal last month, said he had already put last weekend’s fairytale debut behind him.

“The last game is already passed by, and now it’s a new game on Sunday,” he said.

“So let’s focus on that game, not focus on the last game. Bring the positive from the last game and make better for the negative things.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores stunning volley goal and winner on LA Galaxy debut

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in Major League Soccer with two goals on his debut including an injury-time winner as the Los Angeles Galaxy fought back from three goals down to beat Los Angeles FC 4-3 on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic – who only arrived in California on Thursday – lashed home an imperious volley from 40 yards just six minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to make it 3-3 at the StubHub Center.

The Swede then headed home Ashley Cole’s cross in injury time to put Galaxy ahead in an extraordinary finale that lived up to the hype surrounding the veteran striker’s arrival from Manchester United.

“If you look back, every team I played for, I scored in my first official game. I wasn’t going to let that stop today,” a delighted Ibrahimovic said afterwards. “I heard the crowd saying ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan’ And I gave them Zlatan,” he added.

Ibrahimovic’s winner was the final act of a thrilling first ever derby between the Galaxy and expansion side LAFC, who had surged into a 3-0 lead early in the second half after two goals from Carlos Vela and an own goal from Daniel Steres.

Slack play from LAFC allowed Galaxy to pull a goal back through Sebastian Lletget in the 61st minute after dogged work from Servando Carrasco.

The home crowd then roared in appreciation in the 71st minute when Ibrahimovic made his entrance from the substitutes bench.

The 36-year-old star had an instant impact and was involved in the build-up which led to Galaxy’s second goal, headed in by Chris Pontius from Emmanuel Boateng’s cross.

Suddenly the Galaxy dared to dream of an improbable comeback, and when Ibrahimovic thundered home his equaliser on 77 minutes the home side had drawn level.

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid hailed Ibrahimovic’s “world class” second goal.

“Ibrahimovic is the perfect definition of a guy who always dares to be brilliant,” Schmid said. “If you do that, you can pull off things. That’s a goal that will go around the world.”

Last word

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LAFC had a chance to regain the lead when Costa Rican international Marco Urena hit the woodwork late on.

But instead it was Ibrahimovic who was determined to have the last word.

Former Chelsea and England left-back Cole stormed forwards down the left flank and crossed into the area, and Ibrahimovic guided home the header to launch his MLS career in the most dramatic way possible.

Ibrahimovic had talked boldly on Friday of helping restore the Galaxy to their position of dominance in Major League Soccer after a dismal 2017 campaign that saw them finish bottom of the Western Conference.

However the scale of the task facing Ibrahimovic became apparent after only 26 minutes on Saturday, with Mexico striker Vela scoring twice to give LAFC a 2-0 lead that their dominant play deserved.

Vela drew first blood after only five minutes, picking up the ball on the edge of the area and curling a magnificent strike beyond the dive of Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham to make it 1-0. 

Los Angeles FC continued to dominate, pressing Galaxy aggressively and threatening in attack through the lively Vela, Costa Rican international Urena and Uruguayan youngster Diego Rossi.

Rossi almost doubled the LAFC lead in the 11th minute, flashing a low angled shot wide of the post.

But Los Angeles did not have to wait long for the second, with Vela beating Bingham before coolly taking his time to lift his shot into the goal off the underside of the bar.

On the bench, Ibrahimovic bowed his head in his hands, and it got worse when Steres turned in an own goal early in the second half to put LAFC 3-0 ahead.

However, Ibrahimovic had other ideas soon after coming on as a substitute with just under 20 minutes remaining.

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