The bizarre reason that Manchester United docked a pound from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wages
Zlatan Ibrahimovic still going strong
Love him or hate him, there is no doubting the supreme footballing ability of Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes from a free-kick from 25 yards out for Milan! 🎯
The goalkeeper was rooted to the spot! 💥 pic.twitter.com/3NAwF8xLHA
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 1, 2021
Now at AC Milan, 40 year old Ibra has scored goals in four of the top five leagues across Europe, and spent a period at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018. In that time, despite a serious injury, the Swede scored 29 goals in 53 appearances, as well as providing 10 assists.
But there was one moment off-the-pitch in particular that stuck in his mind.
Ibra bizarrely docked a pound from his wages
Now, speaking in his autobiography, called “Adrenaline”, Ibra recalled one particular incident that occurred in a pre-match hotel.
“One day I was in the hotel with the team before a game. I got thirsty so I opened the mini-bar and had a fruit juice,”
“We played and then went home. Some time went by. My pay slip arrives. Normally I don’t look at it. I only do so at the end of the year to see what’s come in and what’s gone out. But that time, I don’t know why, I was curious and realised they’d taken a pound off my monthly wage.
“I called the team manager: ‘Excuse me, why have they taken a pound off my salary.’ The team manager had a look and told me: ‘It was the fruit juice from the mini-bar.’ ‘Are you kidding, seriously?’ ‘No, I’m not. Here, if you order something you have to pay for it.’ ‘Sure, but I didn’t go to the hotel on my own accord. I wasn’t on holiday. It was my work place. I was there for Manchester. If I have to play and I’m thirsty, I have to drink. I can’t go on the pitch dehydrated.’
“Can you believe it? A quid? Something like that would never happen in Italy. These are the details that make a difference and earn the respect of the players.
[Quotes taken from The Athletic]
Is Ibra right to be annoyed?