Former Manchester United stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney are shining in the US Major League Soccer. The two legendary strikers refused to accept their best days are behind them by signing for LA Galaxy and DC United to continue scoring goals. Today, we want to recognize 7 biggest European Stars to play in US Major League Soccer.
7. Lampard & Gerrard- NYFC & LA Galaxy
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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard also had a short stint in US Major League Soccer. The legendary English midfielder netted 211 goals in 648 appearances for the Blues to become the best scorer in the clubs history. He joined Manchester City for a season before switching to New York City FC where he netted 15 times in 31 matches. He is the current Derby County Coach.
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Rangers FC Steven Gerrard also enjoyed a 2-year spell with MLS side LA Galaxy. The Liverpool legend played 38 games for them scoring only 5 goals. At Anfield, he delivered UEFA Champions League, 2 FA Cups and 3 League Cups scoring 186 goals in 710 appearances.
6. Andrea Pirlo & David Villa- New York City FC
Andrea Pirlo on David Villa's stunning goal for New York City FC: "It is one of the best goals that I have ever seen in my career." pic.twitter.com/JhDTbZmXC0
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AC Milan and Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo had three great years in the USA playing for Major League Soccer side New York City FC. The legendary Italian midfield maestro mesmerized the rich Wall Street football fans with his super skills and elegant touch. He decided enough is enough after 3 seasons.
Spanish legend David Villa has enjoyed his time in the USA than many others. The 2010 World Cup winner has netted 76 goals in 119 matches for New York City FC. He has played there for 4 years now and he is only 36 years.
5. Wayne Rooney- DC United
Two goals, one assist. Señor @WayneRooney is your MLS Player of the Week. 👏
— dcunited (@dcunited) October 23, 2018
Manchester United all-time goals scorer and legend Wayne Rooney shocked everybody when he decided to ditch Europe for the USA at a tender age of 32 years. The former England Captain refused to be a squad player at Everton and packed his bags to join a struggling DC United side playing in US Major League Soccer.
The result is a major surprise indeed. The club was bottom of the League with only 2 wins out of 14 matches. Since Rooney joined, they have now won 12 matches out of 19 and lost only 4. He has scored 12 goals in 19 matches to help the team make once unimaginable playoffs. He turns 33 today, 24th October and there is no doubt he is a happy man now.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic- LA Galaxy
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) October 18, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for almost all big clubs in Europe. He started his career at Malmo FF in Sweden, then switched to Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United and there are reports Real Madrid want him in January.
The reason he is in top demand is because since he joined Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in January 2018, the goals have kept on coming. In only 26 matches, he has scored 22 goals. He is 37 years but he is playing better than Lukaku, Morata, and Benzema combined.