Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists the “lion is hungry” as he embarks on a fresh challenge with LA Galaxy.
The former Sweden striker completed a move to the MLS side last week, announcing his arrival in style by taking out a full-page advert in a local newspaper, after securing an early release from his contract at Manchester United.
The 36-year-old, who has battled back from a serious knee injury, is heading towards the latter stages of his career.
But Ibrahimovic still believes he has plenty to offer in a Galaxy shirt.
“I feel young. I said once before I feel like Benjamin Button,” he told a press conference screened live on the Galaxy’s official website.
“I was born old, now I will die young. Don’t worry about my age. When I came to England they all said I was old and I came in a wheelchair.
“I know what I am able to do and I know what I will do. I come here to win. I feel excited. The lion is hungry.”
Ibrahimovic arrived in Los Angeles to a hero’s welcome on Friday, becoming the latest in a long line of superstars to sign for the Galaxy.
And Ibrahimovic believes that was one of the main reasons why he joined the club.
“They called and I answered,” the Swede said.
“They are the most successful club in the US, the MLS, and I think it is the right environment for me.
“They are used to getting players from Europe in this situation and there are good people behind the club. I see the potential.
“I am just an extra puzzle in the big puzzle. I choose LA Galaxy because I wanted it. I know what I can bring it, and I will bring it. I am not arrogant, I am confident.”
Ibrahimovic has met his new team-mates and had his first training session in Galaxy colours, putting him in the frame for a debut in the LA derby on Saturday.
“This thing was supposed to happen a couple of years before but it didn’t,” he added.
“I am here now. The destiny was that it was supposed to happen, the question was only when. I am happy to be here.
“Finally I am here, I am excited and looking forward to playing. I am looking forward to getting on the field.”