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
BIG NEWS: Zlatan is in California!— Corner Of The Galaxy (@GalaxyPodcast) March 30, 2018
About 30-minutes out!#LAGalaxy #MLS #zLAtan #zLAtanWatch2018 pic.twitter.com/Y49Y29GOvy
Closer to Los Angeles. Not too long now!#zLAtan #zLAtanWatch2018 #LAGalaxy #MLS pic.twitter.com/i6wakKChnd— Corner Of The Galaxy (@GalaxyPodcast) March 30, 2018
Meanwhile on the ground...
Casi 200 aficionados esperan a @Ibra_official en la zona de jets privados de #LAX #zlatan @LAGalaxy_Es @ManicomioDepor @pulpozuniga @CelisDeportes @carocavaliere @Cleriga pic.twitter.com/8rP28kUFy7— Elmur Souza (@elmursouza) March 30, 2018
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.
#zLAtan madness pic.twitter.com/4CPF9DpBX1— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) March 30, 2018
Welcoming @Ibra_Official to Los Angeles at the airport... Or, welcoming Los Angeles to #zLAtan https://t.co/GqHcPfUO5M— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 30, 2018
Welcome to Zlatan, LA.