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Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins MLS Player of the Week honors

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Los Angeles FC v Los Angeles Galaxy Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

They say it only took 19 minutes for Zlatan to conquer MLS.

Before El Trafico, the Swedish superstar habitually scored on debuts in new leagues so you almost expected Ibrahimovic to get on the board but no one could have predicted what unfolded that fateful Saturday afternoon.

Entering the game in the 71st minute with LA down 3-1, his introduction sparked a LA Galaxy comeback for the ages. After slicing a 45-yard half-volley over Tyler Miller to level the score then heading home the game winner in stoppage time to cap one of the most anticipated matches of all-time, Zlatan is well-deserving of this week’s top honor.

On Tuesday, three days after leading the LA Galaxy to a thrilling 4-3 victory over LAFC in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, Ibrahimović was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Week 5.

Congrats Ibra! (The last Galaxy player to win the award? Giovani dos Santos in September of 2016)