Zlatan Ibrahimovic the latest high-profile player to sign for LA Galaxy
David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole have also been tempted to the StubHub Center.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy after his contract at Manchester United was ended early by mutual consent.
The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris St Germain forward becomes the latest star to export his talents from Europe to the west coast of the United States.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of LA Galaxy’s previous high-profile signings.
Beckham signed a five-year contract to join LA Galaxy in the summer of 2007, worth a reported $6.5million a year. His arrival generated a huge increase in the club’s revenue through unprecedented MLS television coverage and shirt sales. The former Manchester United midfielder helped them win the MLS Cup in 2011 and retain it the following season. He also won two MLS Supporters’ Shields with Galaxy and the MLS Western Conference on three occasions.
Former Wolves, Leeds and Tottenham striker Keane joined Beckham at LA Galaxy in 2011 and helped them finish as Western Conference champions at the end of his first season. The ex-Republic of Ireland international made an immediate impact and went on to win three MLS Cups and the MLS Suporters’ Shield during his five-year stay. He scored a total of 104 goals in 165 appearances for the club before departing when his contract expired in 2016.
Gerrard became the second former England captain to ply his trade with Galaxy, who paid a reported $9million for his services when his contract at Liverpool expired in July 2015. The midfielder scored two goals in 13 appearances in his first season as Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS Cup play-offs by Seattle Sounders. The following season he notched three goals in 21 appearances and in his final match the club were eliminated in the play-offs again, this time by Colorado Rapids.
Giovani dos Santos
Galaxy pulled off another coup in 2015 when they lured Mexico international Dos Santos to the club from Spanish side Villarreal in a reported $7million deal. The former Tottenham midfielder was included in the roster for both the 2016 and 2017 MLS All-Star Games and has scored 20 goals in over 50 appearances for them.
Former England defender Cole joined Gerrard at Galaxy in January 2016 after his contract with Roma had been terminated by mutual consent. After making 55 appearances in his first two seasons, the ex-Arsenal and Chelsea left-back, capped 107 times by his country, put pen to paper on a new one-year extension in January this year.