Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee injury cost him the chance to earn up to £30million over the next year at Manchester United.
The staggering details of the Swede’s Old Trafford contract has been published in Germany.
Spiegel magazine reporters who worked on the information revealed by the Football Leaks consortium have detailed the astonishing figures behind his move last summer.
According to the numbers in a massive 36-page contract, Ibrahimovic was paid a basic £367,640 per WEEK during his first season at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, totalling £19.11m.
Ibra’s free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain allowed him and agent Mino Raiola to push United to give him an incredible bonus structure as well. Under the terms of the deal, the Swede was due a bonus payment for every five goals he scored this season.
His debut goal in the Community Shield win over Leicester banked the first tranche of £235,000 and No 6 of the season, in the Europa League victory over Zorya, bagged Ibrahimovic another £395,000.
Further payments of £555,000, £715,000 and £851,000 came with goals 11, 16 and 21.
And if the injury against Anderlecht had not ended his season prematurely, leaving the superstar forward on 28 goals, Ibra would have had a potential further ten games to score the eight more goals that would have triggered a final payment of £1.91m.
Zlatan’s initial 12-month deal would have been automatically triggered for another season had he started 31 Prem games — he was injured having begun 27 matches, with seven remaining at the time — or if United finish in the top three, which is increasingly unlikely.
And that would have given him the chance to bank up to £9.75m in staged Champions League bonus payments if United are in that competition next term, which they will be if they win the Europa League this month.