Manchester United fans tuned into Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 5pm announcement with bated breath.
The brash Swede admitted yesterday that he would be revealing “this summer’s big bomb”, but he quickly let United supporters around the world down when all he had to unveil was a near sportswear brand.
What a tease.
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The 34-year-old managed to slip the term ‘Manchester’ into his announcement but it was only to claim that people in the city will wear his A-Z clothing.
And still, United fans wait.
Ibrahimovic trolls United fans
“People in Manchester will wear it, yes,” was the response when Ibrahimovic was asked about a potential move to United.
United fans react
Ibrahimovic gave nothing away
The striker, who is leaving Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, is expected to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on a one-year deal worth £220,000-a-week, per the Daily Mail.
He was pushed to provide an answer on his future but only said: “There is no confirmation. You will have to wait.
"I want you to keep wondering where I will go, keep making stories, and when I am tired I will let you know when my next destination is."
Ibrahimovic controls the media. Just how it likes it to be.
The former Barcelona striker has won titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, and will get the chance to add a Premier League winners medal to his cabinet should he join the Red Devils.
Ibra doesn't care for medals
But in an open interview with Le Monde, he voiced his opinion that silverware isn’t the be all and end of a player’s reputation.
Despite his heroics, Ibrahimovic hasn’t even come close to winning the Ballon d’Or. At 34, it seems he’s unlikely to ever to.
Yet does that keep him up at night? Definitely not.
“No,” he replied when asked if he regrets not getting his hands on football’s most coveted individual prize. “People speak a lot about the Ballon d’Or or the Champions League. But to win those would not change you as a footballer. You stay the same player. It does not make you better or worse. That is my philosophy.
“If I win the Champions League, that everyone has said that I have not won, it would not make me better. The Ballon d’Or, it is the same. It is an ornament in a room. And it is not always the best players who win it. My life goes on. It does not change the way I think about victory.”
Transcription by Get French Football News.
You have to admire Ibrahimovic’s honesty. For him, football is his stage, his opportunity to showcase his talents to millions of people.
And he’s very good at doing that.