Zlatan Ibrahimovic has re-signed for Man United because of love, not money.
The enigmatic Swede has agreed a 50% pay cut with Man United, allowing him to return to Old Trafford this season.
The 35-year-old will earn around £180,000-a-week, less than half of the £367,000-a-week wages he was on last season, after signing a new one-year deal.
Details of Zlatan’s wages emerged at the end of last season — with the forward’s basic pay packet worth £19.11million a year.
But that figure effectively absorbed his signing on fee when he moved to Old Trafford.
£180,000-a-week is still a decent wedge of pocket money but it pales into comparison to what Zlatan could have earned if you pursued options in the Chinese Super League, MLS, etc.
He could again land more millions in bonuses at Old Trafford this season.
His 28-goal haul last campaign banked him an extra £2.86m – meaning his overall earnings hit £21.97m.
His debut goal in the Community Shield win over Leicester triggered the first tranche of £235,000.
And his sixth strike of the season, in the Europa League victory over Zorya, bagged Ibra another £395,000.
Further payments of £555,000, £715,000 and £851,000 came with goals 11, 16 and 21.
Zlatan has been handed Wayne Rooney’s old No10 shirt.
He wore No9 last season, but lost the chance to reclaim it when Romelu Lukaku snapped it after completing a move from Everton worth an initial £75m.
After signing, Zlatan said: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay.
“I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.
“I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”
Good to have you back, Zlatan.
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