LA Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic said before Friday’s meeting with rival Los Angeles FC that he was “by far” the best player in Major League Soccer and was “like a Ferrari among Fiats”.
Those comparisons included scoring leader Carlos Vela.
As usual, the forward backed up his words on the field.
In a matchup between the league’s top two scorers, Ibrahimovic scored his second hat trick in MLS and led the Galaxy to a 3-2 victory in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.
“I have a lot of respect for Vela, he is a good player but you did one mistake, you compare him to me. That was your biggest mistake,” Ibrahimovic said after the game.
Ibrahimovic — who is second in the league with 16 goals — scored in the eighth, 56th and 70th minutes. His first MLS hat trick came last season against Orlando City.