Friday 27 April 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic buys a church in Stockholm for €11.8million because of course he does

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sean Gibson

Zlatan Ibrahimović has bought a church in Stockholm for 110 million Swedish Krona, approximately €11.8million, according to Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet.

Ibrahimović's purchase appears not to be a whim, nor a wacky investment, but a move towards settling down somewhere once he's concluded his football playing career.

The name 'Zlatan' of course mean 'golden' and it has become clear that the ever-popular footballer is a man of taste and standards.

A house that was once fit for the worship of a deity is evidently somewhere Ibrahimovic could feel comfortable.

The Swedish magician added that he would prefer to live in Stockholm rather than Malmö when he retires – a wrench, surely, given that the latter city's eponymous football club is where he made his breakthrough as a footballer.

"It is much bigger, Stockholm. There are more options and it is easier to move.

"It feels more international. The fact that I've lived abroad a lot [means] I must have [an] international sense."

 The 34-year-old football star's purchase was initially reported by Fastighetsvärlden ('Real Estate World') and the property is only two blocks from the promenade, in Östermalm district of Stockholm.

But with Ibrahimović still playing at the top of his game, who knows when he'll be able to move in – football could well take him somewhere else in the near future.

Zlatan has previously told Aftonbladet: "For the sake of my children, I want to live in Sweden. I want them to learn the Swedish tradition. They have lived abroad all the time."

However, the Paris Saint-Germain striker is not so decadent that he can avoid attempting to balance the books. Earlier this year Zlatan sold his villa in Malmö to hockey player Carl Söderberg for 30 million Krona.

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