ZLATAN Ibrahimovic took Wayne Rooney’s place at Manchester United – and now the Swede has replaced him as the richest person in British football.
Ibrahimovic’s fortune of £110m puts him ahead of Rooney on £93m in The Sunday Times’ new Rich List.
And the United No 9 is second only to F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in British sport, according to the annual survey.
Rooney’s net worth soared by £11m in 2016, but not be enough to stop his new team-mate from dethroning him.
Ibrahimovic has earned massive wages during his long and illustrious career and enjoys a £220,000-per-week package at Old Trafford.
Sweden’s record international goalscorer has trademarked his first name with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office and also rakes in cash from sponsorship deals with firms including Nike.
Two other newcomers to Manchester, United boss Jose Mourinho and City head coach Pep Guardiola, also feature in the list of sport’s most minted. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale’s completes football’s five entries in the top 10.
Hamilton remains well out in front of the pack with £131m after winning his third F1 drivers’ championship in 2016, with all-but-retired Jenson Button still up in fourth.
Golfer Rory McIlroy was the biggest climber, as his net worth soared by £26m. Wimbledon champion and world No 1 tennis player Andy added £20m to his pile in 2016, while Luol Deng, the British star of the LA Lakers basketball team, trousered another £7m to end up joint 9th with Guardiola on £50m.