Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be retiring says agent Mino Raiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be retiring says agent Mino Raiola

Football superstar and Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will let his contract expire contract this summer. Ibrahimovic is being targeted by a number of clubs, but his agent Mino Raiola hinted that his client may be announcing his retirement, but called it a “crime against the sporting humanity.”

“If he does want to quit, then I’ll lock him up in a prison cell until he changes his mind! It would honestly be like a crime against sporting humanity,” Raiola said via EuroSport.

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The super-agent was also asked if Ibrahimovic will stay with PSG if they win the Champions League. PSG played Manchester City in the quarterfinals with the first leg resulting in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

“No, the Champions League will not decide his future. If Zlatan doesn’t want to continue playing football for himself, then let him continue for me! If he does retire, it would be like someone stealing the Mona Lisa,” Raiola answered.

According to EuroSport, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is linked with a couple of his old clubs like AC Milan and Inter Milan. He’s also rumored to move in the English Premier League with Chelsea or Manchester United as well as the United States’ Major League Soccer.

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The 34-year-old Swedish striker is reportedly looking for the highest payday and clubs are willing to meet his demands. However, Raiola noted that Ibrahimovic is not motivated by money but is looking to prove to his critics that he’s not too old to play at the highest level.

“I’m not saying the financial aspect is not important at all, but his motivation is not money. If you are the best, you must be paid as the best,” the agent said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers of his generations and is a proven winner wherever he plays. He has won a total of 28 trophies in his career in four different countries, per his official website. He’s also won a trophy in every season of his career since 2001.

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