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Zlatan Ibrahimovic unveils shirtless giant statue of himself erected in his hometown

Zlatan Ibrahimovic unveils shirtless giant statue of himself erected in his hometown”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic chose to give all the kids in his hometown of Malmo, Sweden, the day off school Tuesday to attend the unveiling of a statue in his likeness.

The nine-foot eight inches tall work of art was unveiled at the Malmo stadium as fans trooped to see their Swedish all-time record goalscorer.

"No matter where you come from, where you are, no matter what you look like, the statue is the symbol that anything is possible", said Ibrahimovic.

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.

"For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be on your toes 24 hours?" If I can, they can.

The 38-year-old is widely viewed as the greatest Swedish player in history, having enjoyed spells at many of Europe's top clubs, including Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic hinted at the statue's creation back in December 2016, when he was still a Manchester United player.

Known for his very vocal self-belief almost as much as his football, he began his football career as a six-year-old, playing for Malmo's youth side and FBK Balkan - a club founded by Yugoslav immigrants (Ibrahimovic's parents moved to Sweden from their native Bosnia) - but signed his first contract at Malmo at the age of 15.



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