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16th Sep 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a typically Zlatan response to Michael Bradley spat

Simon Lloyd

In spectacular fashion, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th goal of his career on Saturday night

In action for LA Galaxy against Toronto, Ibrahimovic turned home Jonathan Santos’ chipped pass with an acrobatic roundhouse kick. Despite reaching the milestone, this proved to be a disappointing night for the former Swedish international and his teammates.

Toronto had built up a 3-0 lead prior to Ibrahimovic’s goal, which came just before the break. Although Galaxy managed to level the game up at 3-3, two more late goals for the Canadian side saw them claim a 5-3 win.

Either side of those two goals, Ibrahimovic was also involved in a confrontation with USA international, Michael Bradley.

With Bradley attempting to speak to the referee, a disgruntled Ibrahimovic interrupted him and the pair continued to exchange words as play was restarted.

After the game, the former Manchester United striker – in his own Zlatan way – suggested Bradley should have shown him more respect.

“He thinks he is the philosopher of football,” Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying of the former Roma midfielder by MLS after the game. “I have more goals than he has games. He should follow my rules.”

Bradley, meanwhile, chose not to be drawn on the matter.

“You’re very interested in Zlatan these last few days?” he told a reported after the game.

“I’m not worried about perfect. I’m not worried about Zlatan,” Bradley added. “I’m worried about three points tonight.”

Toronto got them.

The 36-year-old striker and his teammates return to action on Monday night when they welcome Seattle Sounders to the Stubhub Center. They’ll play Canadian opposition for the second time in eight days when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps at home next Sunday.