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The former AC Milan striker has hit back at criticisms of his sizeable salary with the Ligue 1 outfit, insisting that it should not be a problem given he pays his taxes

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has defended his salary with the Ligue 1 club.

The Sweden international became the latest star to join the French outfit following their takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority when he arrived from AC Milan this summer.

The 30-year-old was subsequently rewarded with a contract reportedly worth €14 million a year (£11.3m), a figure which has attracted widespread criticism.

However, the former Ajax man has insisted he deserves the sizeable wage and reminded observers that he pays plenty of tax.
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"Quality is not free," he told Eurosport.

"I don't understand all the criticism. After all, the more money I earn, the more tax France receives."

Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a productive start to his time in Paris, scoring five goals in just four appearances in the French top flight thus far.

However, PSG are currently six points off the pace at the top of Ligue 1, with Marseille leading the way.

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