World Cup: Beckham and Ibrahimovic make friendly bet on England-Sweden clash

David Beckham offered to personally take Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Ikea to buy items for his new mansion in Los Angeles if Sweden wins.
David Beckham offered to personally take Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Ikea to buy items for his new mansion in Los Angeles if Sweden wins.PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP

Football icons David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be taking the field on Saturday night (July 7) for the clash between their countries England and Sweden, but that has not stopped the two from facing off against each other off the pitch.

The two former captains have agreed to a bet on the outcome of the quarter-final match after brief negotiations on Instagram.

Ibrahimovic, 36, who plays as a striker for American club LA Galaxy, posted an old picture of Beckham and him tussling for the ball on Saturday morning, and offered to buy Beckham dinner wherever he wanted if England won. If Sweden won, Beckham would have to buy whatever Ibrahimovic wanted from Ikea.

Retired England star Beckham, 43, promptly upped the ante with his reply.

"If Sweden win I would personally take you to Ikea and buy you what ever you need for your new mansion in LA, but when England win I want you to come watch an England game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and enjoy fish & chips at half time...", he posted.

The offer was quickly accepted by Ibrahimovic, who posted a screenshot of the conversation on his Instagram story, with the caption "We have a deal".

Swedish furniture giants Ikea also threw their hat into the ring. Seemingly confident of a Sweden victory, Ikea replied to Ibrahimovic's post, offering to treat the pair meatballs and lingonberry during their Ikea shopping trip.

Beckham and Ibrahimovic will find out the outcome of their bet soon, with the match due to kick off at 10pm.

Both England and Sweden are considered underdogs in the tournament, and the team that reaches the semi-finals will defy pre-tournament expectations.

England have not made it to the World Cup semis for the last 28 years, while Sweden have not done so for the past 24 years.