When you hear the name of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the first thing which comes to anyone's mind is goals, or possibly extraordinary goals. The Swede, ever since stepping foot on the football pitch, is known to produce things which many can't even dream of.
But on Saturday, the former Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker arguably outdid himself. Playing for LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the 36-year-old scored an outrageous backheel flick goal.
Receiving a lofted pass from his teammate, Zlatan, in mid air, hit a volley from the back of his feet after a 180 degree turn. The strike stunned not only his opponents, Toronto FC, but also every fan who saw the goal.
The strike was also his 500th in career. In the present era, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and new Juventus boy Cristiano Ronaldo are the only two players with over 500 goals. Both the footballing greats have over 650 goals, and are neck to neck against each other.
Ibrahimovic, who started his career at Malmo, achieved this rare feat in his 868th career game. He played 47 matches in his homeland, scoring 18 goals before making a switch to Ajax.
In Netherlands, Zlatan played 110 matches, scoring 48 goals. After his stint in Netherlands, the Swede went to Italy, where he played for five seasons with Juventus and Inter Milan, managing 92 goals in 209 matches for the two teams respectively.
Ibrahimovic then spent one ill-fated season with Barcelona in 2009, wherein he featured 46 times for the Spanish giants, scoring 22 goals. In the summer of 2010, he joined AC Milan initially on loan, before completing a full transfer in 2011. His two seasons at San Siro were very productive, with the Swede having an astonishing record of 56 goals in just 85 matches.
Zlatan then made a move to France with Paris Saint-Germain, and enjoyed the best football of his career. Playing 180 matches over four seasons, he scored an incredible 156 goals for the club, and helped them become a force in European football.
Having played in Sweden, Italy, Spain and France, a new country beckoned for Ibrahimovic when he signed on a free transfer with English giants, Manchester United. He was fairly successful in his first season, but injuries hampered his further stay at the club. Still, his 29 goals in 53 matches was pretty impressive for a player in his mid 30's. And after deciding to leave the Red Devils in 2018, he joined MLS giants LA Galaxy, for whom, till date, he has 17 goals in 22 matches, which includes the recent blinder.
Apart from his incredible club career, the 36-year-old represented his national team 116 times before his retirement, scoring 56 goals.