Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s outrageous 500th career goal – ‘So Shaolin soccer wasn’t just a movie?’
The Swedish great scores with an incredible roundhouse kick against Toronto in Major League Soccer, his 17th goal of the season
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made history by scoring his 500th career goal in stunning fashion against Toronto FC. The 36-year-old Ibrahimovic became just the third active footballer to reach the milestone, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It took Ibrahimovic’s season tally to 17 goals and the former Manchester United star added: “I was close to the goal. It reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax. It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it. I was just trying to hit the goal and it went in.
“I mean, from my personal objective it’s fantastic,” continued Ibrahimovic. “I probably have more goals than the guys on the field have games together. Of course, it’s huge.
“I don’t know how many have scored 500 goals in their career, but I am one of them and it would feel nicer if we win the game but still, I did it so there is nothing I will hide from.”
Ibrahimovic scored 62 of his goals for Sweden with the rest coming while playing for Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and now the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
The six-foot-five (1.95 metre) Ibrahimovic joined the 500 club by releasing a perfectly timed roundhouse kick in the 45th minute that fooled Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. The goal cut Toronto’s lead to 3-1 at BMO Field.
Video of the goal prompted one social media user to write: “So Shaolin soccer wasn’t just a movie?”