Friday's full-page ad Los Angeles Times simply said, "Dear Los Angeles, you're welcome."
Looking back, it seems modest.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic refers to himself as a lion, has his own line of signature underwear and last week he tweeted a picture of himself dressed in a white robe and wrestling the devil's arm. He is confident, to say the least. And despite his age (36) and a serious knee injury in April, Ibrahimovic was certain that good things were at stake when he was signed to the LA Galaxy last week. He had won titles and infatuated both fans and opponents with spectacular goals at each stage of an iconic career. Soon, L. A. would show his gratitude.
"I know what I can, and I know what I'm going to do, I come here to win, I'm excited, the lion is hungry," said the Swede. "I'm not arrogant, I'm confident, people who do not understand that say I'm arrogant."
No spotlight is too bright. No opportunity is too great. No dismissal is too long and no deficit is too big for Ibrahimovic. He made it a habit to meet with a new club in his first game, and he enjoyed the kind of Saturday debut with the Galaxy, which would be almost impossible for almost anyone except the larger-than-life striker.
The timing was perfect. After the worst season in the club's history, five-time champion Galaxy has now faced a real, menacing local rival ̵
The Galaxy pulled you back by Sebastian Lletget – who also knows about the return of injuries – and then the songs of the sale The crowd grew louder.
"I think I've heard: We want Zlatan! We want Zlatan!" And I gave Zlatan, "said Ibrahimovic Fox after the game.
He replaced Lletget in the 71st minute and saw his team mate Chris Pontius who brought the Galaxy within two minutes then the player who has gotten used to scoring stunning goals – whoever has the confidence (or the arrogance) to try anything – the game involved in a strike in the History of the MLS is drowned.
It has not won a title, Eddie Pope's golden goal, which won the first MLS Cup final in a New England Norteaster in 1996, will last as long as the league Dwayne de Rosario, Robbie Keane and Jozy Altidore also came late, the championship winners that make up the MLS Cup legend, and there were a number of goals in the league's 22 league games, which were bolder, from Clint Mathis's Maradona-esque run the Dallas Defense i In 2001, Eric Hassli's two-touch volley against Seattle a decade later.
But this was different – because it was LA-LAFC because it was a late equalizer because it was a long distance stunner and because it was promised like Zlatan. A touch in the 77th, from about 45 meters away, was all it needed.
"[Ola] Kamara jumped into the duel, I'm a striker behind me, and I saw the goalkeeper go out and yes, just put him over him," Ibrahimovic told Fox. "I was thinking of saving power because I do not know how much I could do, so let's shoot in one [touch] I said." And it went in. "
At that moment, he added, the knee "Okay, I was not worried … It's difficult to describe the feeling after you've scored such a goal."
While everyone was trying to process what they had just seen, Ibrahimovic was already planning the continuation. The momentum was tight with the galaxy, and LAFC tried to hold on. There was a lot to manage for a visiting team that was playing their third game together. Add the aura of Zlatan, and it's almost unfair. In the 91st minute, Galaxy captain Ashley Cole hit a cross from the left side that leaped 6-foot-5-Ibrahimovic, defeating LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller and bringing the ball to victory.
Ibrahimovic was offside. All it takes is a toe or fingertip behind the ball when Cole hits the cross. But if custom, convention, and the laws of physics do not apply to Zlatan, then the laws of the game would not work that day.
"My story, when I come to a new team, I always score the first game," he said, referring to his debuts with Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. "Well, I would not disappoint this time, I had to score points."
His commitment to the walk, like everything else about him, is oversized. The Galaxy won the first game of the LA-LAFC rivalry, 4-3. But Zlatan would surely tell you that Los Angeles has also won, not to mention MLS, American Football and everyone else in the world who's online for the past 15 minutes on Saturday.
"I chose LA Galaxy because I wanted it, I know what I can bring and I'll bring it," he said at his opening press conference. "This thing was supposed to happen a few years ago, but it did not, I am here now, fate was that it should happen, the question was, when."
Everything happened on Saturday. You are welcome.