‘MVP of the game’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic left beaming by seven-year-old Malea Emma’s stunning rendition of Star Spangled Banner before Galaxy match
- Zlatan applauded from under the fireworks following her amazing performance
- It must have pumped up Ibrahimovic as he scored a penalty just nine minutes in
- LA Galaxy went on to dominate, defeating Seattle Sounders convincingly at 3-0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is usually fierce and intimidating on the pitch but even he couldn’t help crack a smile as little seven-year-old Malea Emma let out a stunning rendition of America’s national anthem.
The 25,000 in attendance in the StubHub Center were left shocked as the little girl unleashed her surprisingly powerful voice and performanded a beautiful version of Star Spangled Banner before LA Galaxy took on Seattle Sounders.
Ibrahimovic, a father of two himself, could be seen smiling from ear to ear throughout the performance and gave a rousing round of applause afterwards.
Seven-year-old Malea Emma wowed the StubHub Center performing Star Spangled Banner
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was beaming on the pitch and was clearly impressed by the little superstar
Emma took everyone by surprise with her powerful voice and was given a standing ovation
Ibrahimovic smiled and gave a heavy round of applause from under the smoke of the fireworks
The little singer wasn’t put off by the massive fireworks set off during the opening ceremony and there was even more entertainment on the pitch as LA Galaxy took on Seattle Sounders in the MLS.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC LA GALAXY STATS
Yellow Cards: 5
Red Cards: 1
Ibra, clearly spurred on by the show, opened the scoring after just nine minutes, slotting in from the penalty spot after forward Ola Kamara was brought down in the box.
The Swede was then heavily involved in the second, combining with Romain Alessandrini to set up Kamara for a goal of his own to give Galaxy a 2-0 lead by half time.
Despite his impressive showing, Zlatan took to Twitter to congratulate title starlet Emma and called her the ‘MVP of the game.’
Zlatan took to Twitter after the game to call Malea Emma the MVP despite his goal and key pass
Galaxy went on to kill the game off shortly after starting the second half as just 52 minutes in, Emmanuel Boateng scored to make the score 3-0 thanks to another assist from Alessandrini.
It was sweet revenge for Galaxy who had lost 5-0 to Sounders earlier in the season. They now sit six points behind Seattle with their playoff hopes revived after a dismal seven-game winless streak.