Following David Beckham's announcement upon signing a five-month contract with PSG that he will donate his entire salary to a Parisian children's charity, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he will donate all of his wages to himself.
"I heard Beckham's decision and it made me think," Ibrahimovic told reporters while on duty with the Swedish national team. "Who is most deserving of all of the money that I, Zlatan, am paid? The answer is Zlatan. The children of Paris are not leading Ligue 1 in goals this season. I am. I have 20 goals. The next best players have 12. Twelve! If anything, the children of Paris should be giving me even more money for having the privilege of being in the same city as my incredible quality. And so should David Beckham. Call it a Zlaritable donation."
The initial wave of praise for Beckham's charity decision last week quickly led to a backlash as French critics are now accusing him of donating his salary, signing a short-term deal and maintaing residence in England as a way to avoid the proposed 75 percent tax rate on France's top earners. But Ibrahimovic finds hypocrisy in this criticism.
"When I signed with PSG the politicians called my wages 'indecent' in a time when so many people are struggling, even though it is a lot of money that can be taxed and help the country," Ibrahimovic continued, while demonstrating Taekwondo moves. "Now Beckham gives all of his wages to a local charity and people call him a tax dodger. Both are examples of stupid people complaining about good things. It is a waste of breath. Like Pep Guardiola blowing up his own birthday balloons, which I then pop with an overhead kick the second he is finished. These people should be subject to a 75 percent stupidity tax payable to the Bank of Zlatan. Then they will have something to really complain about."
Over the contract with FC Barcelona (Juli 2009)
“When I sign, I’ll be the happiest man in the world”
What is your dream? (April 2005, Uefa Magazine)
"My dream is to win the Champions League. Everybody wants to win it, but only the best can"
What is the main difference between Ajax and Juventus? (Januari 2005)
"The main difference between Ajax and Juventus is that at Juventus you have a lot of world-class players who are the finished article"
Zlatan: "There's only one Zlatan"
Zlatan: "Not even fire can stop us"
About the final rounds of Eredivisie, with Ajax in a comfortable lead. (April 2004)
Reporter: "Do you think it's even possible for Ajax to lose nine points in nine games?"
Zlatan: "According to my calculations it is possible to lose nine points in only three games."
At the press conference after the game against England. (2004)
Reporter: "You´we got some scars in your face, Zlatan. What has happened?"
Zlatan: "Well...I don´t know...you´ll have to ask your wife about that"
"Is your playing style Swedish or Yugoslavian? (TV3 Denmark, 2003). "It's Zlatan-style."
Op de Ajaxchat:
Op de vraag: ”do you have a pet?” Antwoorde hij: Yes Joey Didulicia!
Op de Ajaxchat:
Als antwoord op de vraag: “what did you learned from Mido?” Arabian music!
Zlatan about the rumour that he bought a super-Porsche. (Aftonbladet, Nov 28, 2002)
- Absolutely not. I have ordered a plane. It is much faster.
What would you name your son? (Chat on Ajax.nl, Aug 26, 2002)
- Zlatan jr.
In the pause before extra time in the game against Senegal in the World Cup, Magnus Hedman pulled down his pants to get a pain-relieving shot. Zlatan said: (July, 2002)
- What is this? Remember I'm only 20 years old.
Zlatan about how time stopped as he stood waiting on the side line to come in against Argentina in the World Cup. (Aftonbladet, July, 2002)
- You could have punched me in the face, I wouldn't have noticed.
How many one night stands have you had in total? (VR, June, 2002)
- I don't do that stuff. For me it is romance and love...right?
About if his new haircut in the World Cup was inspired by Magnus Hedman. (Aftonbladet, May 2002):
"No, I just went in and cut my hair and this is what I looked like when I came out."
About where he comes up with his moves. (Expressen, May 2002):
"They just come, I promise. It is nothing that I plan."
Answer to criticism from John Carew that Zlatan's moves are pointless. (VG, April 2002):
"What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange." (meaning that Carew doesn't come close to having the same technical skills as Zlatan)
"Is there anything in the world that could stop you from becoming no 1 in the world?" (2001):
About being able to walk in to a car outlet and be able to buy any car you want (from "Blådårar 2") (2002):
"You'll have to get used to it."
On his move on Stephane Henchoz of Liverpool (there has been some doubts whether his move was on Henchoz or Hyypiä):
"First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog."
On the question what his girlfriend got when they got engaged:
"What she got? She got Zlatan."
"Which is the club of your dreams?" (2001):
"Real Madrid, Barcelona, and I have always liked Inter."
"I am like (Muhammad) Ali. When he said he would knock someone out in the fourth round, he did it."
"Have you got any more idols (apart from Ali)?" (2001):
"Maradona, on the pitch."
On the question whether he would dribble defender Chivu, one of his teammates:
"I would dribble him. But he is still the best I have met."
About growing up after five months with Ajax:
"You can't be a clown all the time."
About being stuck on the Ajax bench:
"My time will come."
"Who is the most beautiful girl in the world?" (2001):
"I haven't met her yet, but when I do, I will date her."
About the relation to Ajax coach Co Adriaanse:
"I often think back to the feeling I had when I just started over here. I was a tiger, ready to face the world. Adriaanse gave me the feeling I am player you use for only ten minutes. I am full of ambition to become that tiger again."
About Hasse Borg of Malmö FF:
"Hasse keeps telling me I wouldn't have made it if I hadn't met him. But he always brags. I would have made tunnels on him all the time." (laugh)
To Malmö FF coach Michael Andersson during practice:
"Do you think that you are my mother?"
Answer to the question "If I say Anders Svensson and Kim Källström, what do you say?":
Answer to the question "What are you NOT going to say when you meet your teammates in Ajax for the first time?":
"I am Zlatan, who the hell are you?"
On Malmö FF's return to the first division (2002):
"I will strike like lightning in Allsvenskan."