Hot headed 34-year-old Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns a real wedge is his chosen profession. He now plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, a popular French club. For the fun of kicking around a ball, the man of has a net worth of $160 million, while his annual earnings are reckoned to be $37 million.
Born in Sweden but of Bosnian heritage, the mega rich footballer — who is a real character — first hit the international turf in 2001, and is one of few to have racked up over 100 appearances with his national team,many of them stelar performances, before he retired from the international scene this year.
He is also Sweden’s top national-team goo scorer, managing to build up an impressive 62 goals during the time he played.
But despite the character’s excellent footwork and ball control, he is also often acquainted in fisticuffs — mostly always caught on camera, and of course, many of which went viral on YouTube.
He once said: ‘I read all the time that people think I'm arrogant. They say I am cocky, a bad character. I had that from a young age. But when they meet me, they say, 'That image doesn't fit you.'
So from deliberately injuring opposition; to punching his Ajax teammate Mido; to threatening to ‘break’ peoples’ legs. Anyway, whatever the public image he carries with him — however terrible — he certainly carries a heavy wallet as a result of it.
Also impressive from the family man Swede — with his wife and two kids — is that he’s a full-on polyglot, fluent in five languages: Swedish, Bosnian, English, Spanish and Italian. He also has a blackbelt that was gifted to him after attending a clue in his native Malmo when he was a kid. Maybe that’s why he’s such a badass on and off the pitch.
Ibrahimovic, who now lives in Paris, has played for an array of decent teams during his career. Among the list on his resume are Internazionale, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. Offers have of course, flooded in from most of the top clubs.
What adds to his popularity is that, while people do call him arrogant, he does also have a very human side and didn’t have an everything handed to him. He put this nicely a way back, when he said:
‘If you are different, or you have minimum possibilities, you can still succeed. I am living proof of that. I didn't have that 'wow' life. I was not a 'wow' person. Those around me were not 'wow' people. I didn't live in a 'wow' area. So my message to those who feel different, or unlucky, is that if you believe in yourself, you will also make it.’