Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Goal of the Year for his 40-yard debut strike for LA Galaxy against LA FC.
In fan voting from among 16 finalists on Tuesday, the spectacular scoring prize went to the 37-year-old striker who made his debut in the Los Angeles derby.
Latching onto a dropping ball around 40-yards out from goal, Ibrahimovic pivoted on the spot before hitting a volley which expertly lobbed the Los Angeles FC goalkeeper.
The Swedish striker’s long-range effort brought the scoreline level at 3-3, before he then went on to score a late header and win the game for his new side.
Also among the nominees for top tally was Zlatan’s 500th career goal, a sweeping leg kick blast against Toronto on September 15.
The accolade is the latest in a series going to the striker, after he was named MLS newcomer of the year ahead of former England captain Wayne Rooney.
He became the third Galaxy player with a year’s top MLS goal, joining Landon Donovan from 2009 and Carlos Ruiz in 2002.