NBA star Larry Nance Jr believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a bigger star in world sport than basketball legend LeBron James.
Sport in Los Angeles has been changed in recent years with two NFL sides moving to the city, as well as LeBron James and football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2018. Ibrahimovic left Manchester United to sign for LA Galaxy, but Nance believes the Puskas Award winner will never match James’ popularity in the States despite his incredible start to life in Major League Soccer.
“In America, it’s LeBron and for the world, it’s Zlatan,” Nance told Goal. “Zlatan’s proven that he’s back from his injury. But he’s proven that he’s head and shoulders above the competition in that league.”
Nance also believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus was a much more shocking deal than LeBron James’ decision to trade the Cleveland Cavaliers for the LA Lakers.
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James decided to opt out of his Cavs contract in the summer, moving to Los Angeles despite making back-to-back NBA Finals appearances with Cleveland. Many basketball fans felt that the move was one of self-interest rather than out of a desire to win titles, which was a criticism aimed at Ronaldo after his surprise switch to Juventus.
On the back of three successive Champions League trophies, Ronaldo decided to call an end to his time in Madrid, with James’ former team-mate Nance surprised by the move, claiming it to be a more shocking transfer than basketball’s biggest summer trade.
“Each one was huge in its own regard, but I think Ronaldo going to Juventus was probably bigger,” Nance claimed. “I feel that was more of a shock than LeBron going to the Lakers.”
James moved to the Lakers as a free agent, but when Nance joined Cleveland back in February, three other players as well as a draft pick were part of the deal with the Lakers.