Zlatan Ibrahimovic might storm into United States pop culture one night at a time.
The Los Angeles Galaxy superstar appeared Tuesday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for his first late-night talk-show appearance on U.S. television since he ended his legendary European soccer career and came to MLS. Ibrahimovic delighted Kimmel and the studio audience with his trademark confidence and wit.
“I’m feeling like more of a man just sitting right next to you,” Kimmel exclaimed at one point.
Ibrahimovic, 36, retired from international soccer after the 2016 European Championship, but calls for him to return to Sweden’s national team are growing louder ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He confirmed to Kimmel he’s going to the World Cup in Russia but he never said in what capacity.
“I’m going to the World Cup, yes,” Ibrahimovic said with a twinkle in his eye. “… if I say more, people will hang me, so I have to be careful what I say. … I mean, a World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup.”
Ibrahimovic’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” proves he might be as big a hit in this country off the field as he is on it.
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