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Football Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inspires Jasprit Bumrah

In the wake of coronavirus, BCCI has postponed all the events during the lockdown. With no cricket scheduled till 15th April, cricketers are also getting bored. Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah joined the live chat with India’s vice-captain, Rohit Sharma. They both shared interesting stories to entertain fans. During the conversation, the pacer also revealed that he idolises Swedish star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Both the Indian teammates rarely get the time to spend with their family because they are busy the whole year playing for India. As now they have got the opportunity, Rohit and Jasprit Bumrah seem to enjoy their time with loved ones.

I love Ibra: Jasprit Bumrah to Rohit Sharma

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Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While live chat, Rohit questioned Bumrah why he follows footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović. According to the pacer, like the footballer, his talent was earlier ignored. Now, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become one of the best players in football, people took him seriously. The same thing happened with him as people seldom took his talent seriously, as per Bumrah.

“I love Ibra. I can relate to his story, that people did not take him seriously and then he became a star. I can relate as people took me lightly initially, and then I proved them wrong.” Bumrah said in the live Instagram session with Rohit Sharma.

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Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: Twitter

Jasprit Bumrah has risen as the bowler who can be a danger to opposition batsmen at their home. He first entered the scene after his prolific performance in the 2013 season for Mumbai Indians. Because of his unique action, he grabbed the eye of the national selector as well.

He went on to earn the call on the national side in 2016 and now is a regular feature in the team. Last year, he had a break in his career because of injury at the lower back. But he has recovered and is expected to continue his stunt for the team.

Top Sports Stars Who Endorse Gambling Companies
Neymar Jr (Image Credit: PokerStars)

Top Sports Stars Who Endorse Gambling Companies

When it comes to sports stars and gambling companies, there is one thing common between them – both are very success-driven. All thanks to their global popularity, sports stars are normally followed by a large number of fans in every part of the world. This also makes them the perfect choice for big-time gambling companies who’d like them to promote their products and services.

In fact, some of the most popular mobile casinos and online casinos have sponsorship deals running into millions of dollars with such sports stars. Here in this article, we will acquaint you with some of these big names that actively endorse gambling brands.

Neymar Jr – PokerStars

Neymar Jr the well-known Brazilian and Paris St. Germain striker has always played a key role in whichever team he has played with. Considered the highest-paid football player in the world, Neymar made a record move to PSG from Barcelona in 2017. He also actively endorses PokerStars and is a big-time poker player too. Both he and PokerStars share the same vision when it comes to success. You will frequently see him at PokerStars live events all over the world and photo shoots for the brand whenever he is away from the football pitch.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – BetHard

An extremely exciting football player who deserves a mention in any top footballers’ list, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made plenty of headlines, time and again, both on and off the football field. Controversial yet great, his choices have brought him under the limelight in different parts of the world. Not too long ago after his successful move to MLS in the United States, where he is currently playing with LA Galaxy, Zlatan joined hands with BetHard, the well-known sportsbook. The highly lucrative deal didn’t go down too well with the problem gambling groups in Sweden. However, we all know Zlatan has never cared too much about controversies!

Usain Bolt – PokerStars

Widely recognised as the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt is the world record holder in 4×100 metres relay, 200 metres and 100 metres races. The champion bid goodbye to racing after the 2017 IAAF World Championships. However, his charisma and incredible career achievements were such that every gambling brand wanted to associate themselves with the star. PokerStars was able to strike a deal with the sprinter, making him the spokesman for the brand. They even created a special edition of Zoom poker for him.

Top Sports Stars Who Endorse Gambling Companies
Usain Bolt

Cristiano Ronaldo – PokerStars

The captain of the Portugal national football team and the Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo is a household name in the football world. Like other well-known ambassadors of PokerStars, Cristiano Ronaldo also channels his love for poker by actively endorsing the brand. Considering the fact that he has more than 30 million followers on Twitter and over 100 million fans on the Facebook platform, Cristiano was obviously the right choice for PokerStars to further popularize their brand.  

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay in MLS for another season? Image Courtesy: Getty
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Becomes The Highest Paid Player In MLS

Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be earning a staggering amount of $7.2 million this season, most in MLS history.

Since arriving in the Major League Soccer, Zlatan has put his mark in the league scoring amazing goals and with his behavioural issues. In one and a half season in the MLS he has scored 33 goals and provided 13 assists.

Ibra’s decision to stay in the United States is paying off with the enormous rise in his salary from $1.5 million which he was getting paid in his first season at LA Galaxy to $7.2 million.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he cannot talk about his future at MLS now. Image Courtesy: Getty

The average base salary for senior-roster, non-designated players is $345,867, up 13.3 percent, according to the MLSPA. Over five years, that figure has grown 150 percent. The minimum salary for players on the supplemental roster is $70,250, while those on the reserve roster make at least $56,250.

“We are encouraged by the continued salary growth that has occurred over each of the last five years. As the League grows and revenues increase, it’s critical that we see this kind of continued investment in player compensation up and down the roster,” said MLSPA Executive Director Bob Foose.

“Players are the heart of MLS, and if MLS is to become the league of choice that it aspires to be, it needs to keep pace in an increasingly competitive market for players, both domestic and international. We feel good about these trends, and we expect to see them continue.” 

“As I have believed from the beginning when the Players Association fought to make this data public, access to salary information benefits players through added transparency in the contract market,” said Foose.

“Transparency is critical to ensure player performance is properly rewarded.”

The top-10 earners in Major League Soccer:

1. Zlatan Ibrahimović (Los Angeles Galaxy): $7.2m

2. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): $6.5m

2. Giovani dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy): $6.5m

4. Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC): $6.332m

5. Carlos Vela (LAFC): $6.3m

6. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire): $5.6m

7. Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact): $4.443m

8. Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC): $3.8m

9. Wayne Rooney (D.C. United): $3.507m

10. Josef Martinez (Atlanta United): $3.058m

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Endorsements and Salary
Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Endorsements and Salary

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers the world has ever seen and certainly one of the most prolific of this generation. He has played in Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, England and the USA. His scarcely-believable exploits on the field have helped him earn quite a fortune. So through this article, we take a look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary.

Football career:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently plying his trade in MLS for LA Galaxy. Arguably the greatest striker to have played for Sweden, Ibrahimovic has earned a considerable reputation for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability.

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The Sweden star is currently the third-most decorated active footballer in the world. So far, he has won 32 trophies in his career. Ibrahimovic, who has played in Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and England, has scored over 500 professional goals for clubs and country.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary.

He began his professional career in his native country with Malmo FF. Some eye-catching performances for Malmo soon attracted clubs from all over Europe before he eventually signed for Dutch club, Ajax. Zlatan made an immediate impact and became one of the most sought-after youngsters in Europe. Italian giants, Juventus soon came calling and there was no looking back since then.

The lanky striker made a considerable mark in Italy with Juventus before joining rivals Inter Milan in 2006, where he was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in both 2007 and 2009.

He finished as the league’s top scorer in 2008–09 and won three straight Serie A titles. In the summer of 2009, he moved to FC Barcelona in one of the world’s most expensive transfers, before returning to Italy the following season, joining AC Milan in a deal that made him one of the highest-paid players in the world.

In 2010-11, he helped AC Milan win the league before moving to France to join Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012. Ibrahimovic was an instant hit in France too. The Swedish star helped Paris Saint-Germain win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de la Ligue, two Coupes de France. He was also the top scorer in Ligue 1 for three seasons. Zlatan was named in the FIFA World XI for 2013.

In October 2015, he became PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer and finished his PSG career with 156 goals in 180 competitive matches.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary.

The next destination was England’s most successful club, Manchester United. With the English giants, he won the UEFA Europa League and two domestic trophies. In 2018, he joined LA Galaxy.

As far as Ibrahimovic’s international career is concerned, it was not as decorated as his club career. However, despite that, he managed to leave a significant mark in the Sweden shirt. He is one of ten players to have made 100 or more appearances for the Swedish national team. The striker is Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary.

He played at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 UEFA European Championships. He won the Guldbollen (the Golden Ball), given to the Swedish player of the year, a record 11 times. In fact, between 2007 to 2016, he won it ten consecutive times.

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Known for his spectacular goals, Ibrahimovic won the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year in 2013 for his bicycle kick for Sweden against England. In the same year, The Guardian ranked him as the third-best player in the world, behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In December 2014, the Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter named him the second-greatest Swedish sportsperson ever, after tennis player, Björn Borg.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements:

From 2004 and 2014, Ibrahimovic was an official Nike Mercurial Athlete. As a result, he received a hefty amount from the company. However, since the launch of his brand, A-Z Sportswear in 2016, he has not endorsed any clothing company.

Ibrahimovic had a boot sponsorship deal with Adidas in 2016-17, but returned to Nike in 2017. He currently wears Nike Mercurial football boots. He, however, does not have an ambassadorial role with Nike.

For the past few years, Ibrahimovic has promoted Volvo cars, appearing in some of their television adverts, and even made a public appearance in his homeland at their factory in Sweden in September 2017. He also advertises numerous other products including Vitamin Well sports drinks, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung and Nivea.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary:

The Sweden star transferred to L.A Galaxy in 2018 and reportedly took a pay cut of 95%. While he was earning $35 million at Old Trafford, his annual salary at L.A Galaxy is around $1.56 million.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth:

His current estimated net worth is around $160 million. In 2014, Forbes named Ibrahimovic as the 12th highest paid athlete in the world.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary.

Despite taking a wage hit, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still one of the highest earning footballers on the planet due to his business endeavours. He started his own sports company by the name of A-Z Sportswear in 2016 which sells sportswear for all. During his time at PSG, he launched Ibrahimovic Parfums in association with Olivier Pescheux, one of the leading perfume sellers of the world.

Zlatan also has his android game by the name of Zlatan Legends, which is an online multiplayer game and is available for free.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Endorsements and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Salary.

 

Teams LA Galaxy
Endorsements Nike, Volvo, Vitamin Well, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, Nivea
Salary $1.56 million per year
Net Worth $160 million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, MLS
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay in MLS for another season? Image Courtesy: Getty
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Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic Play Another Season in MLS?

Former Sweden forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unsure about his future and declined to commit to another season with the LA Galaxy in the MLS.

Ibrahimovic is uncertain about his future at the moment.

Ibrahimovic is still confused if he wants to continue for one more season in MLS. However, he had a season to remember for LA Galaxy. He scored 17 goals in 22 matches which including some mind-blowing goals. When asked about his future, Zlatan wanted to avoid the question and said to wait.

“I don’t know. This I have to discuss. This is not the moment to talk about that. It’s something I’ll discuss with the club. What they want, what I want. So let’s see.”

The Swedish striker suffered a horrible injury during his time at Manchester United which kept him out of the game for almost a season. However, Zlatan said he is now physically doing well.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he cannot talk about his future at MLS now. Image Courtesy: Getty

“I have five games. I’m happy. Physically I feel strong; I feel good. I’m producing. So I just need to win games, and then everything is perfect.”

Zlatan joined LA Galaxy during the struggling phase of the side. They were in a seven-game winless streak and sacked coach Sigi Schmid. However, the Swedish striker loved to be part of a different challenge.

“It’s a different challenge. The team I played for [before], I had that feeling like we were unbeatable. Nobody can destroy us. We will destroy everybody.”

Zlatan’s wages has also turned out to be an issue. He makes only $1.5 million, which is the fourth-highest paid players on the Galaxy. Meanwhile, his team-mate Giovani dos Santos is making $6m, which is the fifth-highest compensation in MLS.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Asks Jose Mourinho to Not Pick Him Before Manchester United Exit

Former Manchester United (MU) striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a name for himself at the Old Trafford in just one season. However, a horrific knee injury meant he endured a tough phase during his final months at the professional club.

Having signed for free in the summer of 2016, the veteran striker lit Premier League with his dazzling dribbling and extraordinary finishing. He carried the team on his shoulders during ace manager Jose Mourinho’s first season and helped them win three titles.

Ibrahimovic managed to score 28 goals in his first season that was cut short after his knee injury in March. But despite the injury, he had managed to engrave his name in the history of MU.

After the injury, there were doubts whether then 35-year old can return back to football again.

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But Zlatan put all the doubts to bed and managed a remarkable comeback after just eight months. But he was nowhere near the player he was back in March, which impacted his performances on the pitch.

The Swedish legend now revealed that he suggested Mourinho to “select someone else” as he tried to get back to full fitness.

He managed a comeback in November, but aggravated injury again and was sidelined for few more weeks. He eventually signed for LA Galaxy in March earlier this year.

“When I was ready, I said to myself ‘I am not there. They had a Zlatan before. After, I was not ready to be that Zlatan,” he said.

“I was selected in many of the games but I told the coach: ‘Listen, I am not ready. I don’t want to disappoint you. The respect I have for my teammates and the coach. Select someone else who can do the job better.’ I stood up and did it, even if I am Zlatan,” he maintained.

After his injury, the Swedish was out of contract in 2017. But MU opted to exercise the option of extending his contract by another year.

However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his intention was not to have money but instead to play football again.

“The situation was not about having a contract and earning money,” says Ibrahimovic. “It was all the opposite. I said ‘I don’t want a salary, you keep it.'”

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Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 37-year-old is now plying his trade for LA Galaxy in the United States (US). He announced his arrival in the best way possible by scoring a brace after coming as a substitute in his debut game.

Zlatan had scored 11 goals in the league so far and is amongst the finest players in MLS since his arrival.

“Every time I put on my football shoes, I am enjoying the moment because after the bad injury I had there were not many hopes I could play again,” he said.

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Ibrahimovic ready to conquer MLS

Los Angeles, March 31: Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States has another European star in the autumn of his career, Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived here like a Hollywood star to introduce himself as new player for the Los Angeles Galaxy team.

After a great reception at the airport on Friday, just as it happened with other stars who preceded him, like England’s David Beckham and Steven Gerrard or the Irish Robbie Keane, Ibrahimovic trained with his new team and was also officially presented at a press conference in which he promised that he arrived to “win, win and win”.

Ibrahimovic, who will wear the No. 9 jersey, might play a few minutes in the local derby between the Los Angeles teams playing in the MLS, Galaxy against Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the new franchise of the championship, on Saturday, reports EFE news agency.

Ibrahimovic appeared before reporters to say that he is ready to go out on the pitch, even though his adrenaline was still high from everything he had experienced in the last few hours, but he feels prepared.

“I know what I’m able to do and I will do it. I know in my head what the game is. Now the rest of my body has to follow,” Ibrahimovic said.

“I am aware of how old I am, 37 years old, but at the same time I feel young and 100 percent prepared,” he added.

Ibrahimovic reiterated that his only goal of signing with Galaxy is to “win, win, win”, and said if he fails to do so he will be the first to be frustrated.

“I’ve come here to win. I’ve already brought my family. My wife can take care of the family and I can do what I’m good at. The lion is hungry,” Ibrahimovic said.

Ibrahimovic joked that he was born old and hoped to die young and recalled that when he arrived in England he was also told he was arriving in a wheelchair.

Along with Ibrahimovic in the presentation was Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, who praised the career path of the new player and thanked him for having chosen his team despite having other important offers.

Schmid did not say whether he intended to give Ibrahimovic game time in the duel with the LAFC, but he stressed that he was convinced that with his talent and input the team would once again be the winner and fight for a new title as champions.

Ibrahimovic signed with Galaxy for two years and will earn $1.5 million a season, 96 percent less than what he earned at Manchester United.

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Lucky To Have Zlatan, Lukaku: Smalling

Manchester, Oct 21 (IANS) Manchester United defender Chris Smalling said on Saturday his club is lucky to have the presence of strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku, who can beat any rival defence.

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Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian international has scored seven times in his eight appearances for Manchester United in the English Premier League (EPL) this season.

While, the Swedish who re-signed a one-year contract with United earlier this year, had scored 28 goals in 46 games in the previous EPL season, which was cut short due to his knee injury.

The 35-year-old will be available for the Jose Mourinho-managed side once he recovers from the injury.

“A bit like Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), we play off a main man who we feed off and he has been bang in form and we are very lucky to have him and Zlatan when he comes back,” Smalling was quoted saying by Sky Sports.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“He is someone who likes to run in behind, he likes to be involved and he is always stressing to us if we can play him in those channels, then he feels favourite to beat any defender,” the 27-year-old who has made 156 appearances for Manchester United since 2010 added.

Manchester United drew 0-0 against Liverpool in their last EPL fixture.

However, Smalling believes there are not many clubs this season who can stop United from scoring goals.

“You can see that we have attacking players, albeit they still have to defend when Liverpool have those attacks,” the English international said.

“But we kept it tight and we know that when we get those chances, more often than not, when we keep a clean sheet or are defensively sound, then nine times out of 10 we will win that game because not many teams can stop us from scoring,” Smalling added.

 

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Will Be Back Better Than Before Post Injury Layoff: Ibrahimovic

Manchester, Sep 16 (IANS) Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he will return from injury better than ever, insisting that if it was up to him to make his comeback he would make it “today”.

“I feel good,” Ibrahimovic told Inside United.

“I have trained every day since I had my knee operated on, there is no vacation.”

Ibrahimovic netted 28 goals in all competitions last season, before picking up a major knee injury in April.

He signed a new contract this summer with United till the end of the season. He is not expected to recover fully before the new year.

“When I come back to play football on the field I will be better than before, I am not coming back because I am the one I am, I am coming back to be a better version of the old one.

“I feel good and I feel my movements are there. If it was up to me I would like to play football today but it doesn’t work like that.

“I need to have patience and that’s the way we work. We are in no rush, when we are ready we will be ready. When I am playing again I don’t want any excuses that I was injured, or ‘he just came back, this is his first game’.

“No, I want to feel the same pressure I had before because everything happened. I am looking forward to that moment.”

Ibrahimovic ended his first season at United winning the League Cup and the Europa League.

“I think we can achieve great things. We have to remember the second year of Jose Mourinho is always the best one,” he said.

“This year will be very exciting and with these new players the team is stronger, and I expect us to do great things. I’m just waiting for the moment to get back to the team and to play with them and enjoy the moments,” he added.

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Zlatan Won’t Play In Champions League Group Stage For Man United

Manchester, Aug 25 (IANS) Manchester United chief coach Jose Mourinho on Friday said veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play any part in their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign although the Swedish star penned a new one-year contract this week.

“Do we have space in the Champions League list to have him? Yes, so we don’t need to leave any player outside of the list, but I’m not thinking of Zlatan to play any part of the group phase,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Espnfc on the eve of United’s home game against Leicester City in the English Premier League (EPL).

Ibrahimovic’s first stint at United was cut short by a knee ligament injury but re-signed with the club he helped win the Europa League last term.

Mourinho hinted Ibrahimovic would be included in the 25-man Champions League squad when it is submitted next week ahead of games against Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow.

“Hopefully he can play in the knockout phase, but for that, we need to finish top two (in the group). I don’t want to think about it (a potential comeback date). I don’t even ask, speak about it or discuss with the medical team about it,” Mourinho said.

“He will be an extra man for us in the second part of the season. When I say second part normally we say January after Christmas when the transfer window reopens in January. But I have no idea at all and I think the right way is not even to think or speak about it and just let him do his work step by step and come back when he’s ready.”

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