Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the most expensive footballer of all time, in terms of cumulative transfer values, after completing his move to French Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain (PSG) from Italian club AC Milan.
While there are no official details over transfer fees, a report on Goal.com suggests a fee in the region of £18mn exchanged hands. This means that a number of top European clubs, including both Milan sides (Inter and AC) have paid each other a total of nearly £135mn, over the course of his career. The amount easily eclipses the totals of £105mn and £95mn spent on French striker Nicolas Anelka and Argentinean forward Hernan Crespo, respectively.
The various clubs who have paid top dollar for the 30 year old Swede are Juventus (£12.5 to Ajax), Inter Milan (£19.5mn to Juventus), Barcelona (£54.8mn to Inter Milan) and AC Milan (£18.8mn to Barcelona).
Ibrahimovic will now take to the Parc des Princes alongside other big name signings including centre back Thiago Silva (former AC Milan team mate), and Argentine forwards Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore.
In addition to his fantastically large transfer value, Ibrahimovic will also command a monstrous pay cheque from the French club. The Qatari owners, or so The Sun reports, will pay the Swede £10.2mn a year (£220,000 per week after taxes), making him the highest paid footballer in the world.
"(PSG) is a dream team that wants to keep on growing. They've bought Thiago Silva, the best player in the world. There aren't many clubs as strong as us in Europe. I don't know of many. I am here to win with this incredible squad and we want to win against all opposition we come up against," said Ibrahimovic, according to a Daily Mail report.
"We're looking forward and thinking only of winning, which is the most important thing. At PSG I can play with the best in the world, elsewhere that couldn't happen. I want to give my all for this squad which is the future of European football," he added.
Ibrahimovic has found enormous success in his career, winning eight successive title leagues (before last season) over the course of his career with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.