When Malmo-born Ibrahimovic arrived at Manchester United last summer on a free transfer from Paris St-Germain there were many who suspected he was past his best and had come for one last mega-payday from one of the few clubs in the Premier League that could afford his £220,000-a-week contract. After a season where his goals have made the difference between relative success, winning one League Cup, and more post-Sir Alex Ferguson underachievement it is no wonder the club and its fans are now desperate for him to sign the one-year extension, although a serious knee injury may affect negotiations.
The former Sweden international, 35, made his professional debut for Malmo in 1999 and has enjoyed a career in which he has scored 420 club goals and taken in a Who's Who of European footballing giants: Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG. He has a long-term endorsement deal with Nike and has trademarked his first name with the Swedish patent and registration office. His homeland's latest rich list put his fortune at £110m. We agree.