Wednesday 18 July 2018

David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic broker an unusual bet ahead of England v Sweden

David Beckham having social media fun with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Photo by Jon Bond - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
David Beckham having social media fun with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Photo by Jon Bond - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former England captain David Beckham has signed up for a pretty unusual bet with Sweden great Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the two legends prepare to watch their nations do battle in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Beckham and Ibrahimovic shared plenty of battles on the field during their illustrious careers that included successful spells at Manchester United and now they have served up some unusual wagers ahead of the last-eight game in Samara.

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David Beckham, left, captained England against Sweden when they met in the 2006 World Cup (Martin Rickett/PA)

With Ibrahimovic offering to buy Beckham dinner at any restaurant in the world if England win, Zlatan proposed that his English counterpart would have to buy him anything he wants at Swedish furniture store IKEA.

Beckham was quick to up the ante as he suggested a Sweden win should result in Ibrahimovc wearing an England shirt and eating fish and chips when he watches the Three Lions go into battle in a game at Wembley.

While there are some pricey items on sale at IKEA, Zlatan appeared to get the worse end of the bargain and all England fans will be hoping to see him eating some local cuisine at Wembley later this year.

Ibrahimovic also urged his countrymen to seize the moment against England, as he suggested they could finish this competition as world champions.

"They have a big chance to win the World Cup. They beat Mexico (in the group stage) which was good. They made a big statement and by winning against the Swiss," Ibrahimovic told reporters on Wednesday.

"They’re going well and doing things that no one thought they could do. They believe, and they thought they could do it. They’re making good things, and hopefully, they could continue.

"We are there to push them. Every Swedish person in the world is proud, and we will be proud however it goes in the coming games.

"They should continue doing what they’re doing. It’s difficult to play against them and to score against them. If they can keep it up, they have a good chance.

"Now, it’s not only about how good you are, but there are a lot of emotions in the game. It’s a quarterfinal, and a lot of emotions come into the game. Whoever can handle that best has an advantage.

"When Sweden wins, let’s see what David Beckham tells me."

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