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‘Legend’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Friday that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season.

'Legend' Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG
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The giant striker announced his departure from PSG on Twitter in true Ibrahimovic style. 

'My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend,” he wrote on his Twitter account in English, a sign that despite after four years in the French capital he didn't quite pick up the local lingo.

 

In a later statement PSG said: “After discussions between Paris Saint-Germain and the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the club and the player have mutually decided not to renew his contract.

“They have also agreed that once his playing career is over, Ibra will join the management of the club in a position of responsability.”

In the meantime, Ibrahimovic will make his French swansong as a player when he turns out for Sweden at Euro 2016 in June.

Ibrahimovic, who once said Paris should replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of himself,  won four consecutive league titles with PSG, as well as three League Cups. 

But both he and the club came up short in their bid to be crowned champions of Europe.

There had been speculation about whether he would remain in Paris for one further season in the hope he could get his hands on the elusive Champions League trophy.

But in the end Ibrahimovic, who spent four years at Paris after signing from Milan, has decided the time is right to walk away.

There have been rumours he is set to join LA Galaxy in the US Major League Soccer, while reports also linked hil to a move to England's Premier League or his former Club AC Milan. 

His last game at the home of PSG will be against Nantes on Saturday, although he will be expected to feature in the French cup final between PSG and Marseille at the national Stade de France stadium on May 21st.

He leaves with a healthy trophy haul but also having become the top scorer in the club's history in just four years and recently was crowned the best player in Ligue 1 for the third time in four years.

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Millionaire Ibrahimovic given staggering monthly pay rise

Paris Saint-Germain's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a €700,000 ($760,000) monthly pay rise making him by far the highest-paid footballer in France, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Millionaire Ibrahimovic given staggering monthly pay rise
France's highest paid footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: AFP
The 34-year-old Swede, who joined the club in 2012 from AC Milan and has scored 127 goals in 156 games since then, now gets €1.5 million ($1.6 million) a month before tax under the performance-based hike agreed late last year.
   
On top, Ibrahimovic can pocket three big bonus payments for winning the Champions league, the French league title and and ending the season with the top combined total of goals scored and goal assists.
   
With Paris Saint-Germain currently 21 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league, the first of those targets is all but certain. Paris go up against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champion League next month.
   
Le Parisien added, however, that there was no word on whether Ibrahimovic would stay in Paris after his current contract expires at the end of the season.
   
He is on record as saying he has no intention of leaving, claiming he has “a beautiful relationship with PSG.”
   
Ibrahimovic will be playing in France during the summer as Sweden contest the Euro 2016 finals
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