Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th worldwide goal on Saturday night as LA Galaxy was defeated 5-3 by Toronto FC.
The former Barcelona and Manchester United star joined Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 goals in club and international play.
Toronto were 2 goals ahead when in the 43rd minute Jonathan do Santos chipped the ball into the box and 6-foot-5 Ibrahimovic twirled to get an angle at the ball between two defenders and with a roundhouse spinning kick he deflected it past goalkeeper Alex Bono for his 17th of the season.
The 36-year-old striker who has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe throughout his career undoubtedly used his black belt in Taekwondo skills to good effect.
After the incredible goal LA Galaxy seemed to be spurred on and halfway through the second half they were drawing 3-3 after goals from Ola Kamara and Rolf Feltscher followed.
However Toronto FC took the lead when Jonathan Osorio scored in the 75th minute and Jay Chapman found the back of the net in stoppage time to cement the much needed victory for Toronto.
After scoring, an nonchalant Ibrahimovic jogged away from the goal before shaking hands with teammates. The BMO Field crowd of 30,799 rewarded him with a standing ovation.
“Instinct,” Ibrahimovic said later of the acrobatic goal. “I mean those things you don’t plan. It’s impossible to plan. The way it came, I just tried to get it on goal.”
“I’m just happy for the Toronto fans that they got to see something they hadn’t seen before,” he added in typical Zlatan fashion.
“The finish was something that he can do and I’m not sure how many people, especially his size, can do that,” said Toronto coach Greg Vanney.