ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC claimed he is ‘by far’ the best player in the MLS and lashed out at ex-Arsenal man Carlos Vela in the process.
The maverick Swede made the comments ahead of Saturday’s LA derby which sees his LA Galaxy face Vela’s LA FC.
He said: “By far, because if he’s in his prime… How old is he? Twenty-nine?
“And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime.
“When I was 29 I was in Europe.
The ex- Manchester United , Barcelona and Inter Milan forward scored the winner against LA FC in his MLS debut in 2018 and says he lives for derbies.
He added: “The atmosphere keeps me alive, that keeps me on my toes.
“Hopefully it will be a nice atmosphere like that on Friday.
“I think it will be. It gives you energy it gives you adrenaline.
K.O Black tweeted: “Zlatan is such big mood, you can’t hate him.”
While another said: “That mentality… something else!”
However, not everyone was so keen on his statements.
Erike Guerrero said: “Different types of players, completely.
Different types of players, completely. When he starts calling out other players, that’s when his faux-bravado gets too far and isn’t funny or entertaining anymore. — Erik Guerrero (@salsaplug) July 18, 2019
Too much confidence 😊 — Abdul Rasheed (@SirXP) July 18, 2019
Mad how he’s 37 and if Zlatan wanted he could easily get a move back to a top European team. I love Vela, but there’s levels to this… — alex (@alexgaertner7) July 18, 2019