Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have made MLS history this season, they both competed fiercely for the Newcomer of the Year Award this Monday.
The Swedish striker finally beat Rooney with 36% of the total votes to claim the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award after his first season at LA Galaxy.
The competition was already destined to be quite stiff as both European players came in with a bang, they both are considered to be amongst the best players in their respective countries’ history and they were both logically going to still prove their worth despite their age.
In Wayne Rooney’s case, the England international may not be quite as old as Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 33 years old but his age is already important to consider him a veteran of the sport.
But Zlatan’s case is way more interesting, as he just turned 37 last October and proved that age is relative when you are a true legend of the game.
Zlatan began his particular story in the MLS in the most incredible way possible, during the first-ever Los Angeles Derby against LAFC and scoring an absolute screamer from outside of the box that presented him as the obvious contender for this particular award.
On that debut match, Zlatan scored not one but two goals and began a beautiful love story with LA Galaxy.
Zlatan’s feats continued throughout the whole season to reach unimaginable heights, the striker scored a total of 22 goals and provided 10 assists in 27 matches that he played.
One of those goals included his career’s 500th against Toronto FC, which was scored in the most acrobatic manner that honored the style and personality he always showed throughout his career in European football.
These stats and feats were more than enough to get Zlatan the highest percentage of the voting for this award, which was divided into three different areas that were able to cast their vote.
The ones who voted were the players, the clubs, and finally the members of the media. Ibrahimovic beat Wayne Rooney in two of those categories, as a total of 34.99% of the players’ votes went to him and 30.90% for the Englishman.
The media liked Zlatan more than Rooney with a clear margin, as 45.65% of them voted for the Swedish striker, whereas 31.53% voted for Wayne.
The England legend did get more voted from the clubs, with 34.31% for a 28.43% that Zlatan got. All these numbers were taken from the MLS Soccer official website.
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