Journalist critical of Milan’s decision to renew Ibrahimovic: “We pay the players for their past”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s decision to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new one-year deal has been criticised by well-known journalist Paolo Condo.

Last week, Ibrahimovic finally signed a contract renewal until June 2022 after weeks of speculation that it was imminent. The Rossoneri have decided to stick by their leader and the Swede has chosen to continue his journey with the club he described as his ‘home’.

It also means that at the age of 40 Ibrahimovic will still be the leader on and off the field for Milan. MilanNews among others reported how the amount he will earn stays at the €7m net that he currently gets including bonuses, some also based on appearances in the next season.

The latest criticism in this sense comes from the pen of Paolo Condò of Sky Italia, who wrote a column in La Repubblica that revealed he is rather skeptical about the signing.

“In this changed landscape, the 7 million annual renewal guaranteed to Ibrahimovic is another example of an out-of-scale salary: no one discusses his weight in the relaunch of Milan, which is was preponderant, but the fact remains that he has played half of the games, and that the personal data perspective does not play in his favour,” he said (via MilanLive).

“It is no coincidence that the first thought of the Rossoneri market is aimed at a young centre-forward. The truth is that in Italy – not only by us, but above all by us – we pay the players for their past, which is the side effect of considering those born in 1998 as inexperienced youngsters to be used with a dropper.”

After scoring 84 goals in 130 appearances with the Rossoneri, the Swedish striker will continue to be wearing the red and black shirt next season.

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  1. The journalist is a journalist who is possibly good as a journalist, it evades my judgment … But what I find is that he does not understand the connection with income and expenses … The cost the club has for Ibra, this apparently, last year for him as a player in the club, is seen over the value he gives the club in the form of PR, described in the press and what he delivers to his teammates in the form of competence and the space he creates for his teammates on the field is worth many times what he
    costs. No now active footballer, including Ronaldo and Messi, comes close to the publicity and value Zlatan creates around Milan on the pitch, outside it and which gives the club back its well-deserved value in the media, with the accompanying restored status as a world club .

  2. Ibra literally shifted the Series A landscape with what he is doing with Milan. Ok, his numbers may not be of his old self but he is up there amongst the top. It’s not only a numbers thing, it’s the intangibles. He’s a true leader. He has a mentality that the young ones can adopt and you have to pay for that. Think or Arsenal’s young squads, great to watch but no experience and leadership so they didn’t win anything. You pay for things other than numbers

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