Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I contributed more to France than French president

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Swede international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he has contributed more to France than President Francois Hollande by paying the top rate of tax on his earnings.

Zlatan joined PSG in 2012 and has enjoyed a stellar career in France where he won four league titles, three League Cups and two French Cups in four seasons for the French champions.

The former Barcelona striker said he earned more than €20m and has paid 3/4 of his income in tax.

“Ibra came and took power in France,” he told Le Monde newspaper.

“I help this country more than he (Hollande) does because I continue to pay it (the top rate),” Ibrahimovic said.

“I can tell you as I do my own tax returns.

“I pay my taxes and help this country. I could even make him popular (Hollande) — it’s just I’m not sure I want to,” he said of the deeply unpopular Socialist leader.

Hollande is one of the most unpopular French post-war leaders who only had a 14-percent approval rating after three months of violent demonstrations against the government’s controversial labour reforms. However, he is pondering whether to stand for a second term in next May’s presidential elections.

Zlatan, who is preparing himself for Euro 2016 in France, is close to joining Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.

The 34-year-old is reportedly set to reveal his future plans for the summer on Tuesday and he is keen to team up with Jose Mourinho again. The pair worked before at Inter Milan and both of them hold tremendous respect for each other.

According to Ibra’s Swedish team-mate John Guidetti, the former Ajax striker has set his heart on joining United and that a deal to join the Old Trafford club is close to completion.

Recently, Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has also revealed that Ibrahimovic would be a terrific signing for the club. Ibra is one of the ten players to have made 100 appearances for his country and he holds the record of being the all-time leading goal scorer for his nation with 62 goals.

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