Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed he turned down a net offer of €100m from China in order to join Manchester United.
The big Swede signed for Man United on a free transfer after his contract at PSG expired, and has gone on to net six goals in his first ten games.
Speaking to Football Italia, Raiola shed light on how Ibrahimovic turned down a lucrative offer from an unnamed Chinese club, electing to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford instead.
“Ibrahimovic is the best. He turned down €100m net from the Chinese! He doesn’t want more money, he wants to win,” he said.
One has to admire Ibrahimovic’s uniquely competitive mentality. Just think: how many 34-year-olds, looking to take their foot off the gas after a successful career, would turn down an offer of a €100m net income from China? After all, moving to an industry fuelled by money but little footballing heritage is, above anything, the logical conclusion for players like Ibrahimovic.
But the Swede, as we all know, is remarkably different; even with 31 trophies and 398 career goals to his name, Zlatan is not satisfied. He is unyielding in his pursuit for victory at the highest level, and seeing him wear the No.9 shirt is a true blessing.