Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'David Beckham has stolen my spotlight'

Ibrahimovic: 'Beckham has stolen my spotlight'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that the arrival of David Beckham at Paris Saint-Germain has taken some of the media attention away from him.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that the arrival of David Beckham at the club has taken the limelight off of him.

The former England captain moved to the Parc des Princes on a deal until the end of the season in January, after bringing an end to his tenure in the MLS with Los Angeles Galaxy.

While some have claimed that the 37-year-old was brought in to raise the image of the club, Ibrahimovic confesses that he doesn't mind Beckham receiving all the attention.

"I think it's good for me that Beckham came so he gets more attention than me, so they leave me a little bit alone," Ibrahimovic told ESPN. "When I came here everybody said 'don't worry, as a football player you can walk in the city and nobody will disturb you. Because as a football player here it is not like it is in Italy'.

"But since the day I came here it's been totally stressful. Everybody is chasing me with their scooters; I don't even walk in the streets.

"When David came, he got more of the media attraction, so that's good because he takes care of that and I can play football, focus on football."

PSG face Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic shake hands after a goal against Montpellier on March 29, 2013
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