Sweden immortalises its greatest Footballer – Zlatan Ibrahimovic with statue
The Swedish star has cemented his status as a national icon with his very own statue
Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped to unveil his own shirtless statue in Malmo on Tuesday.
The LA Galaxy star has been immortalised in a striking bronze monument near Malmo’s stadium, where he began his professional career in 1999.
The 38-year-old posted a picture on Twitter showing him alongside the work and surrounded by crowds of fans, with the caption: “We are Zweden!!!”
The bronze Zlatan, standing on a plinth and said to measure nearly nine feet in height and close to half a ton in weight, was commissioned by Sweden’s football authorities to honour their record goalscorer.
It depicts Ibrahimovic celebrating in recognisable style, with arms outstretched and shirt off – although his famous tattoos appear not to have been carved on the glistening torso.
Ibrahimovic hinted at the statue’s creation back in December 2016, when he was still a Manchester United player.
The former Sweden international posted a photo on Instagram of the plaster cast of the work, writing:
“When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Statue of Zlatan.”
Ibrahimovic is on a break ahead of the MLS playoffs, having scored 30 goals in 29 regular-season games in 2019 to help his team finish fifth in the Western Conference.
They next face Minnesota United on October 20 at Allianz Field with Ibrahimovic previously making no secret of the fact he’s not a fan of playoffs.
“I think the system is sh*t,” Ibrahimovic told reporters in August. “How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the playoffs?”
“You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs and win, you are champion.
According to Ranker.com poll, here are the country’s Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Zlatan Ibrahimović Forward. …
Henrik Larsson Forward. …
Gunnar Nordahl Forward. …
Fredrik Ljungberg Midfielder. …
Nils Liedholm Midfielder. …
Tomas Brolin Forward, Midfielder. …
Thomas Ravelli Goalkeeper. …
Kurt Hamrin Forward.