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How much? Zlatan’s goal bonus reportedly leaked

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Ah, so that’s why he scored 28 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season…

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It has been revealed in a book to be published in Germany later this week (Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, from Der Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger) that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has earned over $3.69 million in goal bonuses this season before he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament last month which ended his debut campaign at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic is reportedly on a goal bonus of up to $184,900 per goal, even though his basic salary of $24.5 million for this season was the biggest in Premier League history.

And his goal bonuses were structured in way which encouraged him to get to 20 goals. Here’s what he reportedly received.

  • Goals 1-5 = $60,000 per goal
  • Goals 6-10 = $102,100 per goal
  • Goals 10-15 = 143,500 per goal
  • Goals 16-20 = $184,900 per goal
  • Goals 21-35 = $153,800 per goal

So, yeah, not only was Zlatan’s injury a loss of goals for United it was also a loss of serious earnings for the veteran Swede who would’ve played in at least nine more games had he not injured his ACL. The big question, for me at least, is why did the goal bonus total go down after he reached 20?

Anyway, with FIFA investigating Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United and the $53 million fee agent Mino Raiola reportedly received, these latest revelations once again prove that Raiola may well be the best agent on the planet at negotiating these monster deals. The deals that he is negotiating with top clubs across the planet not only make his clients plenty of cash but him too.

As Ibrahimovic continues to recover from ACL surgery in the USA (his doctors apparently want to study his strength when he’s done playing, according to, you guessed it, Raiola) it is clear that wherever he ends up next season (once/if he recovers) the club will have to be willing to pay him the big bucks in all kinds of ways.

There’s no doubting Ibrahimovic’s goals (after all, it’s one thing to have a bonus in place, but another to reach those lofty targets) have helped United in their quest to win the UEFA Europa League, plus still be in with a chance of finishing in the top four after winning the EFL Cup trophy, but perhaps this news about his supposed bonuses explains his extreme “shoot on sight” policy in many games this season…

It would certainly be intriguing to see how many top strikers in the Premier League have hefty goal bonuses in their contracts. And if they weren’t, they certainly will be asking for a goal bonus now.

Zlatan’s agent: Star healing well, doctors amazed

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Forget Zelda, it’s starting to feel like the Legend of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester United’s striker was famously felled by ligament tears last month, costing Ibrahimovic the rest of the season and presumably much of next season.

We say presumably because Ibrahimovic’s super agent, Mino Raiola, says the Swedish forward is so strong and healing so well from surgery in Pittsburgh under Dr. Freddie H. Fu that the doctors want to study him.

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Essentially, Raiola wants us to believe that Ibrahimovic is a real life, slightly slower healing Wolverine. Here’s Raiola, translated from Espressen:

“Zlatan is so strong that the doctor wants him back after his career to research him. They work on the world’s best research institutions for the knees and ligaments. They research a lot on the subject and that is why they are better than everyone else. And doctors want Zlatan back to do research on him. So after Zlatan’s career, we will go back and open him up again to do research on his ligaments.”

Adamantium, maybe? Raiola says that the doctors were surprised at how “clean” Ibrahimovic’s knee was around the tears. Perhaps the striker, Jaromir Jagr, Jamie Moyer, and Charles Woodson need to have a sit down and pen an instructional manual on almost ageless athletics.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic releases update after operation

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the mend.

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The Manchester United striker has had knee surgery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (performed by Dr. Freddie Fu from UPMC) and the veteran Swede has released the following message to his fans via his Instagram account.

“Fixed, done and stronger. Once again thank you for the support. We will enjoy my game together soon,” Ibrahimovic said.

The 35-year-old suffered serious knee ligament damage against Anderlecht on April 20 which will leave him out of action for around nine months.

With his contract at Manchester United only running until this summer, there are serious doubts that he will remain at Old Trafford next season despite him being the Red Devils’ top scorer in the 2016-17 campaign with 28 goals in all competitions.

Major League Soccer was seeming like an increasingly likely option as the LA Galaxy were said to be interested in Zlatan but now that he has suffered such a serious injury at such a late stage in his career there are plenty of question marks surrounding one of the greatest strikers of his generation.

His agent Mino Raiola has called the operation a “success” and believes Zlatan will be back playing soon, but it will be intriguing to see how quickly he can recover and get back on the pitch for whoever wants to take a chance on him.

Would it be much of a risk though?

Zlatan has always proven everyone wrong and those that doubt he will get back to full fitness and scoring goals again will surely fuel him in his lengthy rehabilitation which has now begun.

Fixed, done and stronger. Once again thank you for the support. We will enjoy my game togheter soon

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Ibrahimovic undergoes surgery, expected to miss nine months

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s next career move is still up in the air, but the Swedish superstar won’t be returning to the pitch any time soon.

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The Manchester United striker underwent surgery on Monday, and according to Ibrahimovic’s agent — Mino Raiola — the operation was “successful” and the 35-year-old is expected to “make a full recovery.”

Given the nature of the forward’s injury, Ibrahimovic is expected to miss roughly nine months as he recovers from the torn ACL.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery AND HAS NOT SUFFERED A CAREER-ENDING INJURY,” Raiola said in a statement released on Monday.

“The procedure was performed by Freddie Fu, M.D., and Volker Musahl, M.D., of the UPMC Sports Medicine program in Pittsburgh.

“Zlatan has started rehabilitation at UPMC and will remain under the care of Dr. Fu and Dr. Musahl throughout his recovery.

“Zlatan and the medical team are not available for interviews at this time. Additional updates will follow at a later date.”

Ibrahimovic has lived up to his name in his first season in the Premier League, leading United in goals with 28 in 46 appearances in all competitions.

While the Red Devils could be where Ibrahimovic winds up once again in 2017/18, rumors are still floating around linking the Swede to Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy and possibly 2018 expansion side Los Angeles FC.

Zlatan posts comeback vow; Mata nears return

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One of the more unique personalities in the sports world, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has released comments and a leggy photo following news that he’ll need ACL and PCL surgery.

The Swedish star was injured in stoppage time of Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League quarterfinal win over Anderlecht, and tests revealed the injury was serious.

Ibrahimovic, 35, had not signed his contract extension with United, but it seemed more likely as time wore on. He finishes his first season with 28 goals and 10 assists, an unfettered success in his Premier League bow.

Despite the severe nature of his injury, Ibrahimovic vowed to return by posting a picture of his massive, uncovered legs in front of a fireplace (See full Instagram message at bottom).

“One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon.”

One of United’s locker room leaders is backing him. Ander Herrera told a Swedish outlet that Ibrahimovic spoke to the team and wished them luck with the rest of the season.

“But he did not say much, really. He wished us only good luck with the rest of the season. He has an incredible mentality and a great physique, I have never seen such a good football body.”

I don’t think anyone doubts that Ibrahimovic will come back and play at a high level, but a starring role in the Premier League is a big ask. Because of that, will he be more motivated to reprove himself with United and less motivated to test out MLS or another league?

There is some good news for United, as Juan Mata says he hopes to be back with the team soon.