Former Champions League players in MLS 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimović is the latest stellar name to head for Major League Soccer. UEFA.com picks out ten #UCL notables in North America.

Zlatan Ibrahimović won the UEFA Europa League last season with Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimović won the UEFA Europa League last season with Manchester United ©AFP/Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy, since March 2018)
Age:
36
Position: forward
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Ajax 23/7
Juventus 19/3
Internazionale Milano 22/6
Barcelona 10/4
AC Milan 16/9
Paris Saint-Germain 33/20
Manchester United 1/0
Did you know?
• Following in the footsteps of another former United, Paris and Milan player, David Beckham, who won two MLS Cups at Galaxy.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire, since March 2017)
Age: 33
Position: midfielder
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Bayern München: 91/13
Manchester United: 8/0
Did you know?
• Scored on his Fire debut, led them into the 2017 play-offs and was voted into the MLS All-Star Fan XI.

Zlatan Ibrahimović and Gregory Van der Wiel at Paris
Zlatan Ibrahimović and Gregory Van der Wiel at Paris©AFP/Getty Images

Gregory van der Wiel (Toronto FC, since February 2018)
Age: 30
Position: defender
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Ajax 6/0
Paris Saint-Germain 27/0
Did you know?
• Unusually for a defender, has been handed the No9 shirt by Toronto.

Philippe Senderos (Houston Dynamo, since August 2017)
Age: 33
Position: defender
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Arsenal: 18/0
Did you know?
• Captained Dynamo to a 2-1 win in the second leg of their Conference semi-final with Portland Timbers last year.

Ashley Cole with Chelsea and LA Galaxy
Ashley Cole with Chelsea and LA Galaxy©Getty Images

Ashley Cole (LA Galaxy, since January 2016)
Age: 37
Position: defender
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Arsenal: 45/1
Chelsea: 60/0
Roma: 3/0
Did you know?
• Cole, who converted a penalty in Chelsea's shoot-triumph over Bayern München in the 2012 final, scored his first goal in almost four years when he equalised in the 89th minute against the New York Red Bulls on 7 August 2016.

Marco Donadel (Montreal Impact, since December 2014)
Age: 34
Position: midfielder
UEFA Champions League appearances
Fiorentina: 8/0
Did you know?
• Donadel helped Montreal become the first Canadian team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final, playing in four of their six knockout matches in spring 2015.

Shkëlzen Gashi (right) during his time with Basel
Shkëlzen Gashi (right) during his time with Basel©Getty Images

Shkëlzen Gashi (Colorado Rapids, since February 2016)
Age: 29
Position: forward
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Basel: 5/1
Did you know?
• The Swiss-born Albanian international's left-footed shot from almost 35 metres in the Rapids' Western Conference semi-final against LA Galaxy was one of the goals of the 2016 MLS season.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC, since January 2015)
Age: 31
Position: forward
UEFA Champions League appearances
Juventus: 19/2
Did you know?
• Giovinco took MLS by storm in 2015, firing Toronto into the play-offs for the first time with a Golden Boot-winning 22 goals and picking up the MLS Newcomer of the Year and MLS MVP awards to boot, before aiding them to the treble in 2017.

Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire, since January 2017)
Age:
30
Position: forward
UEFA Champions League appearances
Legia Warszawa: 5/1
Did you know?
• Had a supserb 2017, being named to the All-Star Fan XI and finishing the season as Golden Boot winner with 24 goals.

David Villa (New York City FC, since June 2014)
Age: 36
Position: forward
UEFA Champions League appearances/goals
Valencia: 14/6
Barcelona: 26/8
Atlético Madrid: 7/0
Did you know?
• Villa, on target in Barcelona's 2011 final victory over Manchester United, succeeded Giovinco as MLS MVP in 2016 after scoring 23 goals in 33 regular-season outings.

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