Once word got out Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be flying into LA Thursday night, LA supporters quickly wanted to know where they could greet their new target striker.
As it turns out, security issues prevented the Swedish superstar from making a customary entrance, so a small number of Galaxy supporters met at the StubHub Center, jumped on some buses and met Ibra at an auxiliary landing strip. Meanwhile at home and on social media, jack-of-all-trades Josh Guesman of Corner of the Galaxy tracked Zlatan’s arrival as the anticipation began to build.
We have absolutely no way of confirming this, but (Pilot Speaking) this is a private jet traveling from Manchester to LAX. Arrival times look good.— Corner Of The Galaxy (@GalaxyPodcast) March 29, 2018
This looks like Zlatan’s Plane. Or it’s our best guess of his plane.#LAGalaxy #zLAtan #MLS pic.twitter.com/ylQZ6iXWUD
Meanwhile on the ground...
At 9:18 pm PT, #ZlatanWatch was over. The 36-year old arrived in Los Angeles, landing on the Korean Air runway.
Zlatan watch is over. He’s on final approach to the NORTH side of the airport on runway 24R— Corner Of The Galaxy (@GalaxyPodcast) March 30, 2018
Might be some time before he makes it to the south ramp.#LAGalaxy #MLS #zLAtan #zLAtanWatch2018 pic.twitter.com/e2jCdyRWfR
Finally after a wait that felt like an eternity, shortly before 10 one of world football’s great personalities walked out of an inconspicuous building to a raucous ovation from the Galaxy faithful. After the customary hellos and autograph signings, Ibra departed into the night.
Welcome to Zlatan, LA.