It appears that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return to La Liga football after further details have become available on a video he posted on Tuesday.
The Swedish striker has been with LA Galaxy since 2018, but spent a largely unsuccessful season in Barcelona between 2009 and 2010 before joining AC Milan.
On Tuesday he sparked rumors that he might return to play football in Spain when he posted a video in his Instagram story saying "Hola Espana, do you know what? I'll be back."
Some said Atletico Madrid could be one of the favorites for his signature. Ladbrokes beat Diego Simeone 5-2 for the 38-year-old.
However, according to Spanish broadcaster AS, the video could have been a publicity stunt for a betting company hiring him as a brand ambassador.
According to AS, Ibrahimovic recently teamed up with Bethard, and that could be the group behind the cryptic message.
Ibrahimovic's time in Barcelona was mixed after signing at Inter Milan. Although he scored 21 goals in 45 games, he is said to have quarreled with the then Barca manager Pep Guardiola and said the Catalan boss: "You have bought a Ferrari, but you drive him like a Fiat."
Ibrahimovic has no contract with LA Galaxy in December and has most likely played his last game for the club.
After his team's 3-3 loss to LAFC in the Western Conference playoff semi-final, he typically said, "What's going to happen next year? I do not know. If I stay, it'll be good for MLS because the whole world." Do not stay, no one will remember what MLS is. "
In addition to returning to Spain, Ibrahimovic was also linked to a possible transfer to Naples, while David Beckham's up-and-coming franchise company Inter Miami was called into question as a potential next destination for the controversial player.