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06th Jul 2018

David Beckham has accepted Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s friendly bet

England take on Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon

Darragh Murphy

Both David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are millionaires many times over but that doesn’t mean that they don’t like making matches more interesting.

Ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final with Sweden on Saturday, Ibrahimovic has proposed a bet with Beckham to add an extra element of excitement to the game in Samara.

Sweden’s all-time top scorer has offered to buy Beckham dinner at the restaurant of his choice if the Three Lions progress while the England legend will have to buy Ibrahimovic whatever he wants at IKEA if the Swedes come out on top.

Beckham has since accepted the terms of the wager, but added the clause that Ibrahimovic will have to wear an England jersey at Wembley while he eats fish and chips.

Beckham and Ibrahimovic have a shared history of several clubs with both lining out for Paris Saint-Germain immediately after separate spells at AC Milan.

And they’ve clearly remained close because Beckham played a role in convincing Ibrahimovic to join current club LA Galaxy earlier this year.

“I met David when I played in PSG and he talked a lot about Galaxy, the experience he had in America, he was all positive,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with the MLS.

“He was like: ‘You should come over, go over, and try it out, play there’.

“He said everything is fantastic, it’s in progress, but to be part of it is something amazing and something he was proud of.

“So I’m just happy to get all these words because it makes it easier for you when you have to choose whatever you want to do for the next step.

“And like I said, this thing was supposed to happen before but it didn’t happen, but it’s happening now, so it’s the destiny.”