Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses possibility of playing in MLS
Paris Saint Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic discussed the possibility of playing in Major League Soccer one day in an interview on SI Now.
SI Now host Maggie Gray asked Ibrahimovic, 33, if he would be interested in playing for a future MLS club in Miami, which Ibrahimovic's former teammate David Beckham would own.
Ibrahimovic joked that he could be the first player to sign for Beckham's club, but said that negotiations between the city of Miami, Beckham's ownership group and MLS need to finish before anything can happen. “We'll see what happens,” Ibrahimovic said.
The Swedish forward also told Gray about advice former New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry gave him regarding MLS.
“He said I should have a lot of patience if I come,” Ibrahimovic said. “Because we are used to [getting] the ball on the feet. He didn't get the ball on the feet here.”
But Ibrahimovic lauded the progress of MLS.
“It's growing. It's becoming better. Thierry played here, you had David [Beckham]. You have Gerrard coming over,” Ibrahimovic said. “So I think the football — the soccer — is getting bigger and bigger.”
Ibrahimovic said he'd like to see soccer become as big in the U.S. as it is in Europe.
Ibrahimovic, who is currently touring the United States with PSG, said he enjoys coming to the U.S. and that he particularly likes Miami, Los Angeles and New York.
You can watch the first part of Gray's wide-ranging conversation with Ibrahimovic below. The second part of Ibrahimovic's interview will air Monday on SI Now.
- Stanley Kay