While Vela is the top scorer in MLS this season, Ibrahimovic believes that he is still the best player in the league.
Despite being in the twilight of his career, Ibrahimovic has lost none of his arrogance and passion for the game.
"By far, because if he's in his prime. How old is he? Twenty-nine," said Ibrahimovic about Vela to reporters.
"And he's playing in MLS and he's in his prime. When I was 29 [I was in Europe]. Big difference."
The two will face off on Friday night in the first Los Angeles derby of the season.