English Premiership

Blomqvist: PSG 'lost 8 million fans' when Ibra left

2016-10-19 19:49
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Manchester United winger Jesper Blomqvist believes the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford cost Paris Saint-Germain eight million supporters.

The Swedish superstar joined the Red Devils on a free transfer in the off-season after his contract at PSG came to an end, and Blomqvist, who also represented Sweden on the international stage, believes his move has converted many Swedes into United fans.

"He is one of the biggest personalities in Sweden," Blomqvist told The Sun.

"He has launched his own perfume, Volvo cars and his own sports clothing range. He is his own brand. He is everywhere even though he has stopped playing for the national team.

"I work a lot with travel companies in Sweden coming over to Manchester. The interest is just triple. Zlatan is so big in Sweden.

"I think PSG have lost eight million supporters in Sweden and now they are all Manchester United. Not all but it is like that.

"More planes come over, they sell a lot more tickets to the United games. I have done it every now and then for a couple of years. Now there are 10 times more calls from companies who want me to come over with the supporters."

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