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Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims that he would be President of the United States in America had he come to the country 10 years before joining LA Galaxy this spring.
The former Swedish international joined the MLS side in March this year, after struggling to find first team football in his second season at Manchester United, and left on a free transfer.
An inconsistent start in America has nonetheless come with plenty of goals, scoring 12 times in his first 15 games, trailing the top scorer, Atlanta’s Josef Martinez, by 10 goals.
However, so confident is he of his abilities that Ibrahimovic speculated that he might well have been president had he arrived a decade earlier.
When asked if he had changed soccer culture in the USA, he boasted: “I don’t know if I changed it, I just keep doing my job. They’re lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago because I would be the President today.”
The 36 year old had been linked with a return to international football when Sweden qualified for the World Cup in Russia, but ultimately decided to sit out the tournament in favour of establishing himself in Los Angeles.
Now all he needs to do is change the law in America which prevents a foreign-born candidate from becoming President.