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Zlatan stokes El Trafico fire, claims to be ‘far’ better than Vela


Scorer of absurd goals and unrelenting mouthpiece of memorable quotes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is up to his old tricks again.

A day before Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy face Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC in El Trafico, the towering Swede claimed he’s better than any player in Major League Soccer, including LAFC star Carlos Vela.

“By far, because if he’s in his prime. How old is he? Twenty-nine,” Ibrahimovic told ESPN FC when asked if he was superior to Vela. “And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime. When I was 29 (I was in Europe). Big difference.”

Shots fired.

Ibrahimovic, who bagged the winner on his MLS debut against LAFC in 2018, has recorded 13 goals this season to Vela’s league-best 19. Vela’s 12 assists are also tops in MLS.

Following a decorated career playing for Europe’s biggest clubs, the clash between L.A.’s two sides marks the 37-year-old’s latest derby.

“That (derby) atmosphere keeps me alive, that keeps me on my toes,” Ibrahimovic added. “Hopefully, it will be a nice atmosphere like that on Friday. I think it will be. It gives you energy it gives you adrenaline.”

The Galaxy head into Friday’s match sitting third in the west, 12 points adrift of their local rivals.





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The story of Charlyn Corral – Equalizer Soccer



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Who is the best striker in women’s soccer? Thinking in terms of pure goals, Christine Sinclair, Vivianne Miedema or Eugénie Le Sommer might come to mind.

There is, however, a less-heralded name to watch.

Charlyn Corral scored at least 20 goals in each of her four seasons at Levante in Liga Iberdrola, Spain’s top flight. She left the club following the 2018-19 season and earlier this month was announced as one of Atletico Madrid’s newest players, which puts her in position to feature in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Atletico and Barcelona are the big two in the rising European league, which left Corral and Levante a distant third last season. With the larger platform at Atletico, the Mexican striker will be able to show the wider world why she should be discussed among the world’s top goal-scorers.

There is something deeply unassuming about Corral. She is not a towering center forward like Miedema or Sinclair, nor is she a player who turns out for the very best team in Europe each week like Le Sommer. Yet with 20 goals in the league over the 2018-19 season (a dip from her golden boot-winning 24 the previous term), it’s hard to fathom why Corral remains off the collective radar of the masses.

Corral’s story – so far – is as much about what happens on the pitch as off of it.

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