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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the brink of a MLS record


Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on course to making the best full-season start in the Major League Soccer’s (MLS) entire history.

The Swedish striker took his tally for the new season up to seven goals in five games following LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win against Houston Dynamo on Friday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in California through a 31st-minute penalty before Dynamo forward Alberth Elis equalised with a spot-kick of his own after the break.

However, Uruguayan defender Diego Polenta’s header in the final two minutes of the game secured victory for Galaxy and condemned Dynamo to a first defeat of the season.

Once more, though, Ibrahimovic was at the centre of the attention as the former Manchester United star closes in on a long-standing MLS record.

The 37-year-old has scored an impressive 29 times in 32 matches for Galaxy, which leaves him just three goals off matching Mamadou Diallo as the MLS’ best full-season starter.

The ex-Senegalese striker hit a record tally of 32 goals in his opening 34 appearances for Florida-based team Tampa Bay Mutiny between 2000 to 2001.

Ibrahimovic will have two games to equal or surpass Diallo.

“We’re doing good, I know we can do more. We work hard. Individually I feel very good. I feel comfortable, safe with what I’m doing,” the Swede told Galaxy’s website on his adaption to the MLS.

“And I want to do more. I have a lot of will, a lot of hunger to achieve my objectives. I work hard for it and I’m not satisfied with what I have done so far. I want more.”

Galaxy manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto even went as far as comparing Ibrahimovic to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi earlier this week following his stunning start.

“Everyone knows when you play against [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi what they are,” said Schelotto.

“I feel the same with Ibra. He makes something [happen]. Like Ronaldo and like Messi.”

Ibrahimovic’s chance at catching Diallo’s record will likely come in Galaxy’s next two matches against Minnesota United and Real Salt Lake. Visit betting.com to know more about MLS.

CARSON, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 19: Zlatan Ibrahimovic #9 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his goal, from a penalty kick, with his teammates for a 1-0 lead over the Houston Dynamo during the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park on April 19, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)