Ibrahimovic has been praised for his goals and quality on the field but has also received criticism for his controversial attitude towards rivals.
Since his arrival in Major League Soccer in 2018, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a huge media impact, with all eyes on him daily; but he's used to the spotlight. The Swedish Lion has given us something positive to talk about, but he has also given us moments full of controversy and criticism in the MLS and here we present them to you.
He screamed goal in Stephen Sunday's face
Zlatan scores. Zlatan wins. Zlatan happy. pic.twitter.com/h3TnE5jNnT— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 10, 2018
In June 2018, Zlatan scored a double against Real Salt Lake, and as he celebrated one of his strikes, he shouted in the face of opponent Stephen Sunday.
Slapping Michael Petrasso
Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a red card for slapping @impactmontreal’s Michael Petrasso in the head.— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 21, 2018
Watch the conclusion of the game across TSN and on TSN GO: https://t.co/8lZo5z7Y9z pic.twitter.com/tWL3wESeIn
On 21 May 2018, Zlatan clashed with Montreal Impact's Michael Petrasso. The defender buried his studs into Ibrahimovic, with the Swede responding by slapping Petrasso and being sent off for his actions.
Romell Quioto coming-together
During week 10 of the 2018 season, Zlatan attacked the Houston Dynamo player Romell Quioto, and although the referee saw him, he only gave him a caution.
Threw a ball at Carlos Vela
Zlatan's debut match was marked by a brace and a win against LAFC; but at one point of the game, he sent Carlos Vela to the ground and threw the ball at him on purpose. "What happens on the field stays there," Ibrahimovic said afterward.
Sean Johnson dispute
A bizarre incident in MLS involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sean Johnson.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 12, 2019
The result? A yellow card each. pic.twitter.com/sPoIeGfSG9
In the game against New York City FC, the Galaxy captain fell into Sean Johnson's incitement that ended up with both falling to the ground, an incident that could have become something more serious.
Scoring and making fun of his opponent
Last April during the match against Real Salt Lake, Zlatan mocked marker Nedum Onuoha, after scoring, and argued with the player after the match in the dressing room. Onuoha did not accept the Swede's apology.
He railed against VAR
After the incident he had with Johnson, Zlatan asked the MLS to remove VAR from the league. "We have this VAR, but I think we should take it off and not play with it," he said.
Slapping Lee Nguyen
In another instalment of Zlatan's incidents, he took advantage of a disturbance on the field to leave his mark on the LAFC player.
He refused to attend the MLS All-Star Game
In 2018 the MLS All Stars played against Juventus, with Ibra missing the game and being fined by the league. His reaction? "I think it's ridiculous; no comment. They do what they want; I come from a different world, the real world. It is what it is, I respect it, and I feel for my team-mates because I could not help them in the last match," he said.
Face to face with Michael Bradley
🗣Special guest Michael Bradley on:@TorontoFC CCL @MLS struggles 🏆 💔- @CampeonesCup— herculez gomez (@herculezg) September 17, 2018
Being the USMNT villain.🧟♂️@Ibra_official calling him the “Philosopher of Football”.
USMNT future - with & without him 🇺🇸
And much - much more!#MaxAndHerc https://t.co/C5RksidMNc pic.twitter.com/woJdFr5yk0
In an LA Galaxy vs Toronto match, Zlatan defended one of his team-mates after a hard tackle by immediately facing up to Michael Bradley. Despite play restarting, they continued their furious exchange.