PSG stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore celebrate French League Cup with bikini-clad women in Las Vegas
Zlatan Ibrahimovic toasted further silverware in style as the Paris Saint-Germain talisman joined team-mates Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore and Salvatore Sirigu for a celebratory jaunt to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Laurent Blanc gave his players time away from the training ground after the side added the Coupe de la Ligue title to Ligue 1 success with a 2-1 win over Lille at the weekend.
The quartet were pictured surrounded by women in sultry swimwear and friends at the Encore Beach Club, basking in the glory of a fourth consecutive league title, and third under Blanc.
Ibrahimovic, who preferred to remain discreet dressed in shades, a black Nike cap and tank top, would much rather be lining up in the semi-finals of the Champions League this week, but there are worse places to be.
The Sweden international enjoyed his time off in a private lounging area reserved for the revellers, with PSG not back in action until they host Rennes at the Parc des Princes on Friday.
Ibrahimovic, who has scored 38 goals for his club this season, was understandably the centre of attention with two women seen standing over him in one picture as he replies to a text message.
Verratti, who according to French paper L’Equipe will sign a contract extension until summer 2021, made his return to the first team following a two-month lay-off in the victory over Lille, can be seen enjoying a can on the regal bed with his team-mate Pastore.
The mid-season pool party was given the green light by Blanc, who has known when to relax club rules having opened disciplinary proceedings against Serge Aurier for homophobic comments made towards him earlier in the season.
PSG wrapped up the Ligue 1 title earlier this month and are currently 27 points clear at the top with four games remaining.
Blanc has cause for celebration himself, with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi reassuring him that he will remain in charge of the French champions next season.
Al-Khelaifi expressed his disappointment after the Champions League exit last week, stating Blanc had taken a ‘tactical gamble’ by playing a three-man defence in the second leg.
But Al-Khelaifi said of Blanc’s position in charge following the French League Cup success: ‘The contract was extended for two years [in February], he will stay with us next year.’
‘When we lose, we lose, it is a collective responsibility. It was very important for us to win the Coupe de la Ligue after our elimination against Manchester City.
‘These last two weeks have been very difficult. This award will allow us to breathe.’