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Zlatan Ibrahimovic balks at PokerStars Deal

2015-04-02 06:45 by Olsdog

PokerStars was hoping to sign elite-footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to their Team SportStars. But while Ibrahimovic listened to their offer, which reportedly included up to a €4 million annual salary, he ultimately said no.

The Swedish footballer already makes €16 million playing for Paris Saint-Germain, which is a big reason why he didn't need the deal. However, as for why he chose not to sign with PokerStars, well, that's still yet to be determined.

Le Parisien, which broke this story, reportedly doesn't know why Ibrahimovic ultimately decided against PokerStars. Popular speculation is that he recently became Muslim, a religion that frowns upon gambling. And while poker is not strictly gambling, it's probably not embraced by the Muslim culture either.

In any case, PokerStars will likely be looking for another elite athlete to add to Team SportStars. Maybe it could be somebody like Neymar or Gareth Bale...


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