ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC claimed he is ‘by far’ the best player in the MLS and lashed out at ex-Arsenal man Carlos Vela in the process.
The maverick Swede made the comments ahead of Saturday’s LA derby which sees his LA Galaxy face Vela’s LA FC.
Speaking to ESPN, Zlatan, 37, said the significant age difference between the pair proves who is the superior player.
Asked whether he was better than Vela, 30, Ibrahimovic pulled no punches.
He said: “By far, because if he’s in his prime… How old is he? Twenty-nine?
“And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime.
“When I was 29 I was in Europe.
He added: “The atmosphere keeps me alive, that keeps me on my toes.
“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 most hyped derby I have played is El Clasico.
“The most intense I have to go Italy – AC Milan vs Inter, those were good games.”