Zlatan Ibrahimovic: LA Galaxy spell the Star Striker’s name wrong on his shirt. The Gaffe was out there for everyone to see in the match against Toronto.
Zlatan Ibrahimovich is easily one of the most recognizable names in the history of football. The loudmouthed Ibra is easily one of the most entertaining players to have ever taken the field. He backs his narcissism with his performances on the field and has made a cult following of his own all around the world. However, it seems that the same sentiments aren’t shared in the MLS.
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LA Galaxy’s star striker came out for a match against Toronto with the wrong name on his back. Instead of sporting the usual ‘Ibrahimovic ‘on his back, Ibra had the words ‘Irbahimovic’ instead.
For a league with not a lot of well-known players, it may reflect poorly on the MLS to make such an error for one of their most high-profile players. However, a mistake such as this is not exclusive to the American league. Manchester United once got David Beckham’s name wrong on his shirt, identifying him as ‘Beckam’. Coincidentally both Beckham and Ibra have played for Manchester United and LA Galaxy.
While it is easy to pin Ibrahimovic’s name change to mere human error, it is very interesting to note that Chris Wondolowski memorably broke a slump for the US national team when wearing a misspelled “WONDOWLOWSKI” jersey back in 2013. The equipment manager then sewed an extra W inside his jersey for good luck for the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup. Coincidentally once again, Zlatan Ibrahimovic too broke his slump after wearing his misspelled jersey.
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