Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made history on Saturday, scoring his 500th career goal in impressive fashion, but it was not enough to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy to a victory over Toronto FC. Ibrahimovic, 36, has always had talent for the dramatic and he did it to become the third active player to reach the milestone of the club and the country, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ibrahimovic, two meters and a half (1.95 meters), launched a perfectly synchronized circular kick in the 43rd minute that tricked goalkeeper Alex Bono for his 17th goal of the season.
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The goal reduced the deficit to 3-1 and triggered a three-goal rally in Galaxy, but the defending MLS champions held out to win 5-3 against a crowd of 30,700 at BMO Field in Toronto.
"I am happy for Toronto because they will be remembered as my 500th victim," said Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic came to Saturday's game tied for second place in the MLS score. He has 17 goals and eight assists in 22 appearances with the Galaxy.
Jonathan dos Santos returned the ball to the Swedish star, who turned around and hit him on the ground.
"I was close to the finish line, it reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax," said Ibrahimovic, who has five winners of the games in Los Angeles. "It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it, I was trying to hit the goal and it came in".
Ibrahimovic scored 62 of his goals for Sweden, while the rest came for Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and now Galaxy.
Jonathan Osorio's goal in the 75th minute stopped a return of three goals to the Galaxy and helped give Toronto some much-needed postseason points.
Jay Chapman added a goal of insurance in injury time with a low shot to the corner.
Ibrahimovic left Manchester United to join the Galaxy at the start of this season.
"It's an incredible achievement," Galaxy coach Dominic Kinnear said of Ibrahimovic's goal. "The guy is a great goal scorer and it is memorable for him for many reasons."
Asked if it was memorable for the coach, Kinnear said: "In about 10 years from now."