Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic the most expensive flop of all time?
Jul 12, 2011 | 17 : 32 PM
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Ibrahimovic's move to Barcelona may well go down as the most expensive flop of all time.

Ibrahimovic moved to the Nou Camp from Inter Milan in a cash plus Samuel Eto'o deal worth a total of £61 million.

Despite starting well for Barca, a post January slump saw the player's form dip dramatically at a time when the club needed him most.

This culminated in Barcelona crashing out in the semi-final of the Champions League to, of all people, a Samuel Eto'o inspired Inter Milan side who went on to lift the trophy, denying Barca what would have been a hat-trick of European crowns and another £26 million in prize money.

With wages equalling £24 million before tax, the total cost of Ibrahimovic equates to around £85 million which goes above £100 million if you include the lost Champions League money.

Factor in AC Milan's option to buy the star for just £21 million and the deal makes for uncomfortable reading.

2011-07-12 17:41:11
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