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Like two mayors making a friendly wager over the end result of a Tremendous Bowl, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham have positioned a bet on Saturday’s 2018 World Cup quarterfinal between England and Sweden.

Ibrahimovic — who represented Sweden at two World Cups — kicked off the proceedings with an Instagram submit directed at Beckham, writing, “Yo @davidbeckham if @england wins I purchase you dinner the place ever you need on the planet, but when @swemnt wins you purchase me what ever I need from @ikeasverige okay?”

Beckham — the previous England captain — confidently responded, writing, “@iamzlatanibrahimovic if @swemnt win I’ll personally take you to @ikeasverige and purchase you what ever you want for the brand new mansion in LA @lagalaxy, however when @england win I need you to return watch an @england sport at Wembley carrying an England shirt and take pleasure in fish & chips at half time.”

That is all good enjoyable, and provides yet one more layer to what’s an intriguing quarterfinal showdown on the World Cup.

Should you’re aware of the better Los Angeles space, then you definitely’ll know that there’s an Ikea store positioned very near the stadium that the Los Angeles Galaxy name house, the StubHub Middle in Carson. Ibrahimovic, after all, presently performs for the Galaxy. Beckham spent 5 years with the Galaxy, and helped ship two MLS Cup titles for the franchise.

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If Sweden — the nation of Abba — had been to win, and Ibrahimovic will get to go on his buying spree at Ikea — which, we are able to solely think about would happen in Carson as a result of that’s the place the Galaxy play — then he might need been sensible to additionally request that Becks assist him put that furnishings collectively (Ikea does not assemble itself, ).

If England — the nation of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham’s proper foot, David Beckham’s left foot — had been to win, it is unimaginable that the dinner request for Beckham — one of many richest athletes on the planet — is fish and chips. Wembley Stadium will need to have unimaginable fish and chips.

Ibrahimovic’s Sweden and Beckham’s England final crossed paths on the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Within the remaining group stage sport, England and Sweden performed to a 2-2 tie. Beckham served as England’s captain in that sport and performed the complete 90. This was the one sport at that World Cup that Ibrahimovic did not begin, and he additionally wasn’t used as an alternative. Ibrahimovic and Beckham had been additionally teammates with AC Milan in 2010 and 2011 (Beckham was there on mortgage from the Galaxy) and with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

Observe USA TODAY Sports activities’ Jim Reineking on Twitter @jimreineking.


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