Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for Manchester United this summer, in part, due to the fact the Premier League giants were one of the few clubs in the world capable of meeting his huge wage demands.
It’s understood that the charismatic Swede, a dream for any football club’s marketing department, has put pen to paper on a deal worth £220,000-a-week.
However, due to the fallout from the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, Zlatan’s contract is already - in effect - worth less money.
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According to the Financial Times (FT), Ibrahimovic has become the first high-profile footballer to “feel the bite from Brexit”.
The 34-year-old’s sterling-denominated pay packet is understood to be worth around 10 per cent less against the dollar.
The FT claim that currency fluctuations were not discussed at length during the contract negotiations between his representatives and Manchester United - and this means his wages will not alter, regardless of how weak the pound might become over the coming weeks, months and years.
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It shouldn't affect Zlatan too much...
However, it’s safe to assume that the multi-millionaire Ibrahimovic won’t feel the squeeze too much during his spell in England.
The former PSG star is still earning an absolute fortune and, if he chooses to, won’t need to work another day in his life after the day he calls time on his playing career.
Zlatan delighted to join United
As well as one last big pay day, Zlatan has joined United for the challenge of proving himself in the Premier League and, hopefully, adding to his extensive silverware collection.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again,” the striker told United’s official website last week.
“He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories. I am now ready to create more special memories in England."
Mourinho, meanwhile, added: "Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 per cent. He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles.
“I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad."
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