Famous Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović has revealed that if he hadn’t become a footballer he thinks he would have ended up fighting in the Octagon.

“My father wanted me to be a lawyer but I had a hard time seeing me as a lawyer,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview. “But I’m a huge UFC fan, so probably something within the UFC or martial arts. I would see myself good in that.”

The 33 year-old Ibrahimovic is a striker for French league winners Paris Saint Germain, has also played for other leading European clubs like Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale and Milan and is also the captain of the Swedish national team.

If Ibrahimovic fancied a later career switch to the UFC the promotion might struggle to afford him though as the Swede’s combined transfer fees throughout his career totals over $200 million while his annual salary at PSG is believed to be in the region of $14 million!

Mixed martial arts is currently enjoying a surge of popularity in Sweden that’s been in no small part helped by the fact that the country’s own Alexander Gustafsson has rose to prominence over the past few years, giving former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones the toughest test of his career and currently preparing to take on the new title holder Daniel Cormier later this year.

Watch Ibrahimovic’s UFC comments below.

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