Zlatan to be Ceremonially Buried in Money?By: Martha | November 21st, 2007
Every major Italian sports paper this morning is exploding with the story of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pending mega-deal with Inter, one which will apparently involve regular payments of tribute, and the delivery of semi-precious stones and giant vats of frankincense and myrrh to his home. Something like that, anyway.
The big Swede, who his club’s president — among others — considers “the best striker in the world,” is signed through 2011, and is currently earning €5 million/season, a salary the club are also paying both Adriano and Patrick Vieira (I don’t want to talk about it). If the reports today are true, though, he’s set for a massive raise that will more than double his salary, leaving him on an astonishing €11 million/season. God damn. Not surprisingly, if the rumors turn out to be true, the salary would set a new record, not just in Italy but world-wide. (At least, that’s what the press are saying — I suppose it’s only inflation that keeps it from being surpassed by the value of one of those one-year deals the clubs in Qatar were handing out for a while.)
Zlatan’s People aren’t talking about any deal, telling the press only that Ibrahimagic (thanks to RomaChris for the new name) is happy at Inter, but that he’s not worried about signing an extension right now. In case you were curious, his Golden Ball Rival isn’t talking about his alleged raise — from €6 million to €9 million/season — either. At least in the rumors, though, Zlatan is kicking Kaka’s ass.