Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals for LA Galaxy since joining earlier this season. (Reuters: Nick Turchiaro)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic simply doesn’t score ordinary goals, but even by his standards, his 500th career goal was special.
The former Barcelona and Manchester United star has a black belt in taekwondo, and used those skills on the field to devastating effect in Toronto.
With his LA Galaxy side trailing 3-0 in the first half against Toronto, Ibrahimovic directed the ball in off the post with a incredible, roundhouse spinning kick from a Jonathan dos Santos long ball just before half time.
That goal seemed to inspire the Galaxy as they completed a remarkable turn around to pull level at 3-3 midway through the second half, although Toronto regained the lead.
It is not the first time the former Sweden international has scored a golazo in the MLS.
Ibrahimovic’s first goal for the Galaxy was a 40 yard wonder strike that made the score 3-3 in the Los Angeles derby, following that up with a 90th minute winner in his debut match.
The 36-year-old striker has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe through out his career, punctuating his time at the top level with a series of unbelievable goals.
Possibly his most memorable goal came against England in an international in 2012, a flying bicycle kick from 25 yards out while running away from goal.
Not only was this his fourth goal, but gave his side a 4-2 victory.
He is now joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as being the only active player to score 500 goals for club and country.