Former Three Lions captain David Beckham joked that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “really old” as he commended the LA Galaxy forward following his 500th career goals.
Ibrahimovic joined Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the third dynamic player to score 500 goals for club and country amid the Galaxy’s 5-3 defeat to Toronto in MLS on Saturday.
The 36-year-old striker celebrated the achievement because of an incredible roundhouse strike – Ibrahimovic turning and volleying with the outside of his foot into the opposition net.
Ibrahimovic has just netted his 500th career goal, and it's a classic Zlatan finish… pic.twitter.com/f6VjhtnqDh
— TAB (@tabcomau) September 16, 2018
Former LA Galaxy captian Beckham, who played alongside Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain, lavish praise on Sweden’s unequaled leading scorer.
“500 goals! That makes you really, really old.”
“Zlatan, I want to say congratulations,” Beckham said in a video shared by the Galaxy
“500 goals. What a career, what a player, what an achievement. Pleasure to play with you and against you. Pleasure to be your friend.
“500 goals… that makes you really, really old. But on a serious note, congratulations mate.
“One thing you need to work on. You’re a little bit shy. So, work on it. You’ll get better. Congratulations mate. Incredible.”
Subsequent to starting his professional career at Malmo (18) in Sweden, Ibrahimovic has proceeded to score goals for Dutch side Ajax (48), Juventus (26), Inter (66), Barcelona (22), AC Milan (56), Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United (29) combine.
Ibrahimovic was French champions PSG top goalscorer with 156 goals before Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani broke his record in January.