Register Login Scores

International

Now Ibra Says Bale's Not Worth It

Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to think he has entered the stage of his career when he is an elder statesman, and is free to speak his mind.

Hot on the heels of branding his former manager at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, “a spineless coward,” he has added his voice to the debate regarding Gareth Bale’s world record transfer to Real Madrid.

On the day that Bale first trained with his new club-mates, Ibra has become the latest football insider to opine that the Welshman was not worth the money Real spent on him.

Now before Real Madrid fans begin to foam at the mouth, Ibra’s assertion does not mean he thinks that Bale is a bad a player.

It simply means that the outspoken Swede believes lavishing so much money on a young player- who has not won any major silverware- is proof that football transfers have been blown out of proportion.

“No footballer is worth paying that amount of money for," Ibra said, in a typically entertaining interview with the BBC.

"There is a lot of pressure on him [Bale].

"I know that when Zinedine Zidane played for Madrid, the fans were whistling against him.

"If they can whistle against Zidane, for me one of the best players in history, I hope Bale has a lot of patience."

Having introduced himself to Los Blancos last week by claiming it had always been his dream to play for the club, Bale reminded Ibra of his own ‘dream move’ to Barcelona.

His comments about Guardiola reveal everything about how Ibra’s ill-fated spell at the Camp Nou ended, and so he has warned Bale that sometimes sweet dreams can turn sour in football.

"I had a dream to come to Barcelona," Ibra explained.

 "But afterwards I am thinking that maybe you should keep your dreams, instead of making it come true.

"Bale's move is similar to my transfer to Barcelona, but what creates that situation and the fee is the media, the selling club and how desperate the buying club are to buy a big name."

Meanwhile, Ibra has finally admitted that he may not ever take his league-winning magnetism with him to the English Premier League.

England is one of the few top-flight places where he has not played, but he says that time is running out for him.

"To come to England? My time has passed," he said.

"I am above 30, I have a good relationship with PSG, with the team. I feel that I can bring out all my qualities at PSG. I have a big responsibility also at PSG. So in my mind, no.”

Read: Ibra: Pep’s A Spineless Coward

Read: Zizou: Bale’s Not Worth It

Read: After Wales Cameo, Bale Heads To Madrid

nextarticle

Maldini: Carlo Will Make Ramos Top Dog

62 comments

Top 5

One Of Chiefs’ Eight Most Valuable Superstars To Depart

9 Apr 01, 2020 03:10 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mourinho Names Best XI He's Coached, No Space For Benni

19 Mar 30, 2020 07:32 PM in English Premier League

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

7 Mar 29, 2020 07:16 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

How Ex-Chiefs Striker Is Keeping In South America

14 Mar 31, 2020 08:06 AM in Players Abroad

Check Out How Khune Went From Nissan To AMG

6 Mar 30, 2020 11:51 AM in Stars & Their Cars

10 Images Of Ronaldinho's Extravagant Car Collection Over The Years

4 Mar 30, 2020 06:00 PM in Stars & Their Cars

PSL Star In Hot Water With SANDF!

54 Mar 30, 2020 10:20 AM in PSL

Mourinho Names Best XI He's Coached, No Space For Benni

19 Mar 30, 2020 07:32 PM in English Premier League

A Closer Look At Mahlangu’s Embalenhle Palace

4 Apr 01, 2020 11:15 AM in Ballers Cribs & Travels

Kapinga To Downs – A Good Thing For His Career

8 Mar 30, 2020 12:05 PM in Siyagobhoza

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Big Escape…PSL Star Off The Hook?

6 Mar 30, 2020 08:36 PM in PSL

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Major Concern As Some Will Be Too Old

3 Mar 30, 2020 02:04 PM in PSL