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Sat Apr 19 04:19:29 SAST 2014

French government slams Ibrahimovic's 'indecent' salary

Sapa-dpa | 19 July, 2012 13:510 Comments
Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden (L), newly-signed player for French soccer club Paris St Germain, holds his new jersey next to Paris St-Germain sports director Leonardo after a news conference in Paris July 18, 2012
Image by: Charles Platiau / REUTERS

France’s Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac on Thursday blasted as ”indecent” the salary of new Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 30-year-old Swede is reportedly set to earn around 15 million euros (R150,3 million) after tax a year at the Qatari-owned club, making him the highest-paid player in the world.

“These figures are not impressive, they are indecent,” Cahuzac told Europe 1 radio, a day after PSG announced with great fanfare that it had signed the AC Milan striker and unveiled him to fans on the Champs-Elysees.

“They are indecent at a time when everyone in the world has to make an effort” Cahuzac added.

Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron on Wednesday called Ibrahimovic’s salary “astronomical” and “unreasonable.”

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