A new book has revealed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be the highest-paid player in the Premier League, with the Swede earning more than double his Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba.
According to Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football , which is based on the research of Der Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger and is due to be published in Germany this week, Ibrahimovic earns a base salary of £367,640-per-week - which equates to £19.11m-a-year.
The 35-year-old, who has seen his season ended by injury, is also reported to be due a goal bonus for the 2016-17 campaign of £2.86m.
Ibrahimovic recorded a 28-goal haul for United before damaging knee ligaments and it remains to be seen whether he will be back for next season, having only penned a 12-month deal upon his arrival at Old Trafford.
If he does stay on, then it is claimed that he will receive £500,000 should the Red Devils reach the Champions League quarter-finals, £1.25 million for the semi-finals, £2.275 million for the final and £5.25 million should he help to secure European glory.
To put those figures into perspective, the world’s most expensive footballer continues to operate in the shadow of an illustrious colleague when it comes to financial matters.
United spent £89 million to bring Pogba back to the club from Juventus, but the 24-year-old is on a weekly salary of £165,588 – which gives him £8.61m-a-year.
He is, however, due a raise of £1.875 million next season and will pull in around £255,000 from image rights if the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League.
Football Leaks also claim that he will get a £3.46 million loyalty bonus from 2017-18, with there various other incentives worked into his contract.
While Ibrahimovic and Pogba have done well out of the deals which brought them to Old Trafford, their agent is also said to have benefited considerably.
Mino Raiola works with a stable of clients that includes some of the world’s top talents, with deals struck across the globe.
He is said to be in line to make £41.39 million from the agreements which took Ibrahimovic and Pogba to United.
The ‘superagent’ reportedly received £22.8 million from Pogba’s record-breaking deal, with another £16.39 million due across five instalments.
Pogba has made 48 appearances for United across all competitions this season, while Ibrahimovic managed 46 before being forced under the knife.