How Great Zlatan Is – In His Own Words

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How Great Zlatan Is – In His Own Words

Zlatan Ibrahimović continues to be the (soccer) toast of the town in Los Angeles, a city that in addition to Zlatan has gained superstars LeBron James and Manny Machado in recent weeks.

On Sunday, Zlatan had his first MLS hat trick as the Los Angeles Galaxy continue to march toward the playoffs. On Monday, however, he announced that he wouldn’t take part in this week’s All-Star game against Juventus, one of his former teams. That brought disappointment from MLS Commissioner Don Garber, whom according to ESPN, understood Zlatan’s decision but still was disappointed.

Since Zlatan won’t be playing Wednesday in the All-Star game Atlanta, we pulled together some of our favorite Zlatan quotes since he arrived in the States earlier this year.

“Dear Los Angeles, You’re Welcome”

His full-page message in an ad in the Los Angeles Times after being signed by the Galaxy. After scoring 15 goals (second in MLS) in 17 games, the message has been prophetic.

“If it’s not, I’ll make it bigger.”

When asked if Los Angeles was big enough to handle his personality.

“I’m not the typical Swedish guy, but I put Sweden on the map.”

Zlatan in an epic interview with Jimmy Kimmel after his first game in Los Angeles.

“I know there is some earthquakes in Los Angeles, but this one was me stepping in Los Angeles.”

Zlatan to Kimmel.

“It is my own fault because if you play the way I do.”

Zlatan to Kimmel.

“No, no, no… I’ll make them superstars just like I made you.”

To Kimmel when asked if his teammates would be bothered by his confidence.

“A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup.”

Zlatan to Kimmel on going to the World Cup.

“I’m also the greatest multi-tasker in the entire universe.”

Zlatan, appearing as a fortune teller, in a skit with James Corden.

“Money is not important. A lot of money is important. And that is not enough.”

Zlatan in an interview with Jim Hill of CBS Los Angeles.

“In my home, I am just the father. I am the shadow of my two kids.”

Zlatan to Hill.

“I’m confident, I’m not arrogant. I’m super confident. When I want something, I will get it. When I believe in something, I will achieve it.”

Zlatan to Hill.

“I’m all about being myself. I’m original. I’m not trying to be something I’m not. I’m a person that when other people are happy, I’m happy. I like to make other people happy.”

Zlatan to Hill.

“I don’t think you can measure how popular I am. I am Sweden.”

Zlatan in an interview with Dan Patrick when asked how popular he is in Sweden.

“Me, I don’t want to meet nobody. They want to meet me.”

Zlatan to Patrick when asked which celebrity he’d like to meet.

“I have to say Messi. If I cannot say myself, then let’s say Messi.”

Zlatan to Patrick when asked who’s the best player in the world.

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