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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Galaxy by mutual consent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be a part of the L.A. Galaxy in 2020.

The club announced Wednesday that both parties mutually agreed to part ways. Ibrahimovic was linked with a return to the club, but the striker announced his decision via Twitter.

“We would like to thank Zlatan for his contributions to the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer,” LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”

Ibrahimovic joined in 2018, and went on to tally 52 goals and 17 assists in 56 appearances for the LA Galaxy. After 22 goals in 2018, Ibrahimovic helped the Galaxy reach the MLS Cup Playoffs this season, scoring 30 goals in 29 appearances.

Despite Ibrahimovic scoring a goal and assist against LAFC in the Western Conference semifinals, the Galaxy were eliminated by a 5-3 scoreline.

With Ibrahimovic’s departure, the Galaxy now have a major void to fill at the striker position. The 38-year-old accounted for 52% of the Galaxy’s goals in 2019.


  1. The unspoken piece being, there is no way LA wanted to sign him, he will decline eventually and that is probably now.
    LA got what they wanted, goals, money, next….

  2. as entertaining a spectacle at every game in which he participated as any player ever in MLS. worth every penny, loved him here in the USA. Thank You

  3. A conquering with no pillaging of even a single piece of hardware? Great one way player- no defense. Entertaining but…. not so good for team building. The Galaxy were less than the sum of their parts. They’ll be better served finding another center back and Pavan-Like signings.


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