Zlatan Ibrahimovic has, of course, taken to Premier League like Zlatan Ibrahimovic took to Serie A, Eredivisie, La Liga and Ligue 1; a world-class footballer.
Ibra’s – and everyone else in the world of football’s agent, it seems – Mino Raiola, has revealed that the King of Sweden was hoping to finish up back in the top flight of Italian football:
“[Zlatan] told me he wanted to end his career at Napoli”.
“At [Ciro] Ferrara’s farewell match, Ibrahimovic told me he wanted to end his career at Napoli
“I won’t tell you if [President Aurelio] De Laurentiis called me for Ibra. What I can say is that none of the Italian clubs could afford Zlatan. Ibra definitely has a Neapolitan mentality though.
Couldn’t care less, Raiola; he’s at United. And the truth is, you’re probably lying, anyway. Causing a shitstorm like football agents love to do, only instead of ‘leaking’ stories to the press to get your client a new deal, you’re brazenly going about it yourself.
Raoila is poison; a direct consequence of the the corrupt, selfish, money-driven society that football has become. And instead of refusing to deal with him, we’ve turned him into some sort of celebrity – he’s about one transfer away from having his own chat-show or appearing on ‘Beauty And The Geek’.
It would never happen, but it would be so refreshing if the high-profile footballers, like I Am Zlatan, would follow Antoine Griezmann’s example of representing himself, and having no agent whispering in his ear about money.
“From now I’m going to operate without an agent.
“But I will always have the advice of my father and also my mentor, Eric Olhats.”
The Atletico Madrid striker now joins a very small list of known players who operate outside the corrupt claws of agents; a list that includes Mr Personality, himself, James Milner.