Could Ibrahimovic Win MLS MVP Award?

"I think I'm bigger than all of MLS," the L.A. Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said with a cheeky smile when asked about the MLS MVP award.

It was yet another trademark remark from the Swedish striker who not only lit the MLS stage with his on-pitch exploits, but also with his typical outrageous off-field antics.

Bigger? Louder, Definitely

The MLS has thus far seen its fair share of proper soccer stars with David Beckham, Kaka, David Villa, or Thierry Henry, to name the few, but the American top-tier got its arguably biggest showman in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Towering Swede has enchanted the media and fans alike. Having already made appearances in almost all of the television shows worth watching in the states, Ibrahimovic is doing wonders for the Major League Soccer and its reputation across the pond, as well.

The MLS gained an extra popularity boost thanks to a 37-year-old man who -- even in his career summit -- remains one of the best strikers the world has to offer at the moment.

With 21 goals to his name and nine assists in 22 matches, the L.A. Galaxy star sits second behind on-fire Josef Martinez from Atlanta, who is leading the scoring charts with record-breaking 30 goals to his name this season out of 31 games.

The MVP Material?

Trailing 9 goals behind the Venezuela forward and with his team holding on to a straw when it comes to making it into the postseason, could Zlatan Ibrahimovic truly be considered an MLS MVP candidate?

He might as well could. Ibrahimovic's numbers might not be as spectacular as Martinez's but his goals definitely are. Ranging from simple tap-ins, towering headers to breath-taking screamers, and goals defying the laws of physics, Zlatan's goals came at a higher rate than Atlanta United's stars.

Ibrahimovic winning the MVP race would also be a victory of his brand value and the fact he remains one of rare active players to have scored over 500 goals in their professional careers. Even more so, his MVP award would be yet another recognition of his timeless value.
Still Wanted

He might be 37, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a wanted man.

Former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain forward is being investigated by one of his ex Italian clubs. Those of you following the European game will be well aware of the fact Serie A is rising again with fallen giants such as Inter Milan and AC Milan getting back on their feel following a difficult stretch.

In what's expected to be one of the most competitive seasons in recent years in Italy, free Serie A match predictions such as those found on Soccer News could soon carry the name of Zlatan Ibrahimovic next to that one of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Namely, AC Milan seem to be exploring a possibility of bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on loan during the European winter transfer market, despite the Rossoneri head coach Gennaro Gattuso refusing to be dragged into commenting on such a rumor.

With MLS playoffs scheduled to kick off at the end of October and the 2018 season-ending in December with the MLS Cup, L.A. Galaxy superstar could potentially leave the states and head back to Europe. It was done in the past and it is likely to happen again knowing that highly-competitive Zlatan Ibrahimovic would refuse to sit idle without any action until March 2019.

Zlatan's goals in each of last four MLS matches have helped L.A. Galaxy mount a late playoffs challenge and there is no doubt the Swede will be highly motivated to keep on going. The Swede is fully focused on his current team, but his agent Mino Raiola claims Ibrahimovic would be prepared to talk about a second spell at the San Siro stadium in the city of Milano.

Zlatan could return to Europe and he could be carrying the MLS MVP award with him, to flaunt it in Italy, as well.

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