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Zlatan Ibrahimovic parting ways with LA Galaxy after two seasons

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Connor Grott
Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tallied 52 goals and 17 assists in 53 starts for the Galaxy. File Photo by Paul Buck/EPA-EFE
Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tallied 52 goals and 17 assists in 53 starts for the Galaxy. File Photo by Paul Buck/EPA-EFE

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is mutually parting ways with the LA Galaxy after two seasons, the club announced Wednesday.

Following his short 21-month stint in Los Angeles, the outspoken Ibrahimovic thanked the club on social media, saying: "You wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan."

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"I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again," Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter. "To the Galaxy fans -- you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues...Now go back to watch baseball."

The Galaxy released a statement later and thanked Ibrahimovic for his contributions to the team and Major League Soccer.

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"Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles," Galaxy president Chris Klein said in a statement. "We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole."

Ibrahimovic, who is expected to return to Europe this winter, tallied 52 goals and 17 assists in 53 starts for the Galaxy. He came to MLS less than a year after major knee surgery to showcase his abilities and fitness.

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Ibrahimovic, a two-time MLS Best XI selection and 2018 Newcomer of the Year, made $7.2 million this past season, according to the MLS players salary database. He earned $1.5 million in 2018.

Before spending time in North America, Ibrahimovic previously played for Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Ajax and Malmo.

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