It’s time to deeply analyze a stupid debate that is happening in the MLS, people are comparing Carlos Vela with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The MLS is currently going through one of the best moments in its history, we have the Los Angeles derby with Carlos Vela competing against Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Mexican forward is actually playing some of the best football of his career, he has LAFC at the top of the MLS table with 19 goals and 12 assists.
There is no denying that he currently is the best player in the MLS right now, but people should stop comparing him with Zlatan Ibrahimovic immediately.
Everybody who is trying to say that Vela is better than the Swedish legend is doing Carlitos a major disservice.
Even though it’s clear that Carlos is having a better season than the veteran player, their careers are miles away from each other.
Vela never won a single trophy with his clubs in European football, whereas Zlatan has a large variety of 31 titles with the many great clubs he represented throughout his career.
Other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Ibra is the most decorated offensive player in the world who is still active.
In fact, many of us consider Zlatan as the third-best forward of the last 20 years only below the two monsters we mentioned.
We know that the Los Angeles Derby is coming this weekend, Vela even has a chance to defeat Ibra during this match.
But come on! Making this comparison is one of the stupidest things we’ve ever heard.
Descripción gráfica de la comparación entre Zlatan y Carlos Vela (Carlos Vela es la niña) pic.twitter.com/PHmScJOJfX
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Even ‘Lord’ Zlatan laughed off the news when a journalist from ESPN spoke to him ahead of the match, the Swedish striker responded to the comparison in his very particular style.
After shutting down this nonsense, Zlatan Ibrahimovic also reminded the journalist of his many great nights in European football.
We are talking about a player who featured in the biggest derbies throughout Europe.
He played the one from Milano in Serie A while playing for both squads, the England Derby between Manchester United and Liverpool, and he scored the winning in La Liga’s El Clasico during his only year at FC Barcelona.
Vela had a modest career at Arsenal and Real Sociedad, but he is light years away from the player that Zlatan is.
The only problem that could come up after this, is Carlos Vela getting angry and scoring a couple of goals against LA Galaxy.
We also can’t forget that these two players will feature in the All-Star game against Atletico Madrid at the end of the month, having them disliking each other could create problems for the team’s performance.
We love the controversy that this causes, but we obviously have to side with Zlatan on this one regardless of how savage he was when they questioned him about these comparisons.
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Zlatan’s over the top response.
This happened just a few hours ago when Zlatan was offering an interview to ESPN, the journalist asked him about the comparisons with Carlos Vela ahead of Los Angeles Derby.
The direct question was if Zlatan thinks he is better than the Mexican: “By far, because if he’s in his prime. How old is he? Twenty-nine,” said Ibrahimovic on ESPN.
“And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime. When I was 29 [I was in Europe]. Big difference.”
“That [derby] atmosphere keeps me alive, that keeps me on my toes,” added Ibrahimovic.
“Hopefully it will be a nice atmosphere like that on Friday. I think it will be. It gives you energy it gives you adrenaline.”
“The most hyped derby I have played is El Clasico [between Real Madrid and Barcelona]. The most intense I have to go Italy. Milan-Inter, those were good games.”
“I chose to come here because I said that one day I will play in America and I will show them how to play the game,” Ibrahimovic continued.
“And unfortunately, I had an injury and it slowed me down and my process to come here. But in the end I came. And I’m feeling good. And I still feel like I can perform. And that’s the most important.”
"[Carlos Vela] is playing in MLS and he's in his prime. When I was 29 where was I?"
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