Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be the best possible addition to MLS of all the names in world football, according to the results of an ESPN survey of more than 140 current Major League Soccer players.
The survey, which included players from 21 different teams, suggested that the Manchester United forward is the most-wanted man in MLS – for the players themselves at least – ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
New York City FC are the only MLS team who declined to participate in ESPN’s survey, which ensures anonymity for all those who take part in answering a wide range of questions.
On the topic of who they’d most like to see join MLS as the next Designated Player, Ibrahimovic came out on top with 22% of current MLS players naming him as their No.1 target.
The powerful striker has taken the Premier League by storm in his debut season in English football, despite being 35 years old, and could still move to MLS before he finishes his illustrious career.
He was heavily linked with a move stateside last summer when his PSG contract had expired, and although he chose to join up with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, he has been quoted as saying he could see himself “conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe” in the past.
Ronaldo and Messi are two unsurprising names that MLS players also want to see jump across the pond, with the Barcelona man just edging the Madrid star in the voting.
The likes of Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are all names that cropped up as part of the poll, with the most-wanted stars listed below, based on the poll results:
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 22%
- Lionel Messi – 20%
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 17%
- Neymar – 6%
- Wayne Rooney – 6%
- Javier Hernandez – 4%
- Andres Iniesta – 4%
Ibrahimovic is currently only contracted at Man United until the end of the season. United appear to want to tie him down for another two years, but the striker is not believed to be keen on doing so, so we could yet see him plying his trade in MLS before the end of his career.
Would Zlatan Ibrahimovic be the best possible signing for MLS in world football?