Zlatan Ibrahimovic honoured with shirtless statue in Malmo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic honoured with shirtless statue in Malmo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given an iconic statue in his hometown in Malmo, Sweden.

The statue, which was commissioned by the Swedish Football Association, stands at nearly three metres tall and depicts Ibrahimovic celebrating a goal without his shirt.

In other words, those children will have to wait until their parents take them to see the statue of the local hero - that is if their parents decide it's appropriate a almost 9-foot, 1,100-pound bronze sculpture of a shirtless Ibrahimovic.

In a jamboree event, hundreds of fans gathered to see the unveiling outside Malmo's stadium.

You have players who get statues.

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Ibrahimovic told the crowd that the statue is "a symbol for those who do not feel welcome, do not fit in or feel that they do not look like everyone else".

The former Sweden global posted a photo on Instagram of the plaster cast of the work, writing: "When you come to NY you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Statue of Zlatan". "Then you have players who get both trophies and statues". "When you come to Sweden, you have the Statue of Zlatan".

In 2012, the LA Galaxy captain was honoured in Malmo with his name added to the Walk of Fame of Sports at the Stadium Square in the city.

Ibrahimovic played for Manchester United, A.C. Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before coming over to the United States in 2018 to play for the Galaxy.

There is also an Ibrahimovic effigy at the Grevin wax museum in Paris.

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