Zlatan Ibrahimovic

It’s official: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is world’s most expensive footballer

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially become the world’s most expensive player in football history after the Sweden international completed his £31 million transfer from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Ibrahimovic is the French Ligue 1 side’s third major signing for summer and has sealed the deal by undergoing a medical at a Paris hospital yesterday, according to the Daily Mail.

“I’m finally here in Paris,” he said at a press conference. “It’s a dream which has become reality, for me it’s a big step in my career. Playing for PSG is an incredible thing.

“It’s a beautiful project and one I’m happy to be a part of. Now that I’m here I want to play my part in the history of this club. I’m here to win and that’s the most important thing.”

The money spent on the 30-year-old Swede over the course of his career now totals a whopping €171.1 million (£134.3 million), surpassing any other player in football history.

The total figure includes the €16 million (£12.5 million) Juventus spent on him at Ajax, the €24.8 million (£19.5 million) Inter paid Juve, the €69.5 million (£54.8 million) Barcelona splashed out on him, and the €24 million (£18.8 million) AC Milan paid.

With his move to France, Ibrahimovic has joined his former AC Milan teammate Thiago Silva, along with Ezequiel Lavezzi and ex-Palermo star Javier Pastore.

Reports suggest PSG, managed by ex-Chelsea and Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, will pay Ibrahimovic €13 million (£10.2 million) per year.

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