Ibra defends $17 million salary

Sep 18, 2012, 08:32 IST | Agencies

Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic lashed out against criticism of his high wages at Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain

Ibrahimovic, who was signed from AC Milan in a deal worth a reported 20 million euros, receives 14 million euros a year ($17 million) after tax — a record-breaking sum for French football.

“Quality is not free. I don’t understand all the criticism. After all, the more money I earn, the more tax France receives,” Ibrahimovic told Eurosport.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic will make his maiden Champions League appearance with PSG tonight when they take on Dinamo Kiev, but he has admitted that PSG cannot compete with clubs such as Barcelona, Inter and Juventus just yet, as they lack experience at the highest level.

The powerful attacker has compared the Ligue 1 side’s situation to that of Manchester City last term, when the Premier League champions failed to advance beyond the group stage of the Champions League.

“We are not yet at the same level as Barcelona, Juventus or Inter. We are not yet used to winning titles. That’s what we’re missing at this point, a bit of experience at the highest level.

“Manchester City crashed out in the group stages last season, but that did not make them a bad team all of a sudden. They simply weren’t used to playing in the Champions League.”

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