A Photographic Journey Through The Career Of Our Lord And Savior, Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan is an ageless wonder whose hairline has always started at the back of his head.

Landon Donovan receives a lot of abuse for his playing career, and if you forget World Cups, the fact that he signed for Bayer Leverkusen as a teenager, the well-deserved accolade of having the MLS MVP award named after him, his successful loan moves with Everton, his hugely influential 14-year spell with the national team and his joyfully direct play, then he totally deserves all the criticism that comes his way.

The 36-year-old just recently returned to professional soccer after signing with Mexico’s Club Leon, and now we’d like to reminisce over the life and times of America’s golden boy.

Here’s a photographic journey through Donovan’s professional career.

A wild Landon Donovan appears with some spicy flow.
Landon Donovan
@Cnyari | Twitter

Landon Donovan with a righteous flow.

At the 1999 U17 World Cup, Donovan showed the world that he now owned the sport.
Landon Donovan
@fifacom_de | Twitter

Landon Donovan, Gooch and Run DMB.

Being from Southern California, LD was always down with the cool stuff.
Landon Donovan
@msinger | Twitter

Landon Donovan and Run DMB.

Landon Donovan on his USMNT debut in 2000.
Landon Donovan
@05rowa | Twitter

Landon Donovan running at a soccer ball to kick it, I'd assume.

How did this get in here?
Landon Donovan
@thesportsrabbi | Twitter

Landon Donovan with a bloke.

Donovan wins his first MLS Cup in 2001, celebrates in an oversized t-shirt.
Landon Donovan
@TurkiyeMLS | Twitter

Landon Donovan with a big T-shirt.

HAVE MERCY
Landon Donovan
@dahackne | Twitter

Oliver Kahn kills Landon Donovan.

In 2003, Landon Donovan got trapped inside a game, like TRON.
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I took this photo.

Landon Donovan on the cover of FIFA 2003.

Donovan does a DISGRACEFUL thing in 2004.
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@ladiablarom | Twitter

Landon Donovan whips out his tinkler and takes a tinkle. It's a disgrace.

LD signs with LA in 2005.
Landon Donovan
@allyoop_25 | Twitter

Hi, I'm here now.

Donovan's biggest contribution at the 2006 World Cup (sorry, Landon)
Landon Donovan
@SuperSportCardT | Twitter

Landon Donovan on the cover of SI.

Landon Donovan with the ugliest trophy in all of sports.
Landon Donovan
@footballscrolls | Twitter

Landon Donovan with a monstrosity.

Bayern Munich's GOAT
Landon Donovan
@robert261610 | Twitter

Landon Donovan was Bayern's greatest ever player.

Back to LA to kick more soccer butt.
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@fanly_galaxy | Twitter

Kicking butt.

Everton's GOAT
Landon Donovan
@EvertonBlueArmy | Twitter

Landon Donovan was a Toffee.

Landon Donovan unites the planet with love for Landon Donovan.
Landon Donovan
@ASAP_SportsNews | Twitter

Landon Donovan scores a goal for humanity.

Dos a Cero
Landon Donovan
@Goldsmith_man | Twitter

Landon Donovan dos a cero.

Donovan returned to Everton like he left his keys, wallet and cell phone.
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@Boris531 | Twitter

Landon Donovan being a Toffee again.

Donovan destroyed the 2013 Gold Cup, so Jurgen Klinsmann dropped him from 2014 World Cup. Nice one, Jurgen.
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@diarioelheraldo | Twitter

Landon Donovan at the 2013 Gold Cup.

Donovan then won the 2014 MLS Cup. Why would you take Chris Wondolowski over Donovan? Why??
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@SuporterFC | Twitter

Landon Donovan and the MLS Cup k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

In 2015, a retired Landon Donovan coached the Chipotle Boys.
Landon Donovan
@SBISoccer | Twitter

Landon Donovan is Chipotle coach.

In 2016, Donovan came out of retirement and played in nine matches for the Galaxy.
Landon Donovan
@FOXSoccer | Twitter

Landon Donovan returns to MLS.

In 2017, Donovan brought his quiet voice to the booth.
Landon Donovan
@wsoccertalk | Twitter

Landon Donovan talking on the TV.

Retirement allowed Donovan to do the things he’d always wanted, like jump off a truck.
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@malooracks | Twitter

Landon Donovan jumps off a truck.

It's the year 2018 and LD is now Liga MX's GOAT
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@PeriodistaU | Twitter

Landon Donovan tells his enemies to silencio

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