Zlatan Ibrahimovic uncovers a huge bronze topless statue in Malmo as thousands throng to see Swedish legend.
Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been honoured with a statue in his hometown of Malmo.
On Tuesday afternoon, fans gathered in Malmo’s stadium to witness Ibrahimovic himself unveil the bronze sculpture, commissioned by the Swedish FA in celebration of their all-time record goalscorer.
The 38-year-old scored 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden during the period of 2001 to 2016.
The Swedish legend told thousands of supporters at the unveiling of the near-naked representation in Malmo, he said: “When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Statue of Zlatan.”
The sculpture is the work of special Swedish artist Peter Linde and attains 8.9 feet high while weighing approximately half a ton – taking four years to assemble.
And after an extremely-mocked statue of rival superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira airport in Portugal was finally replaced, architects went for a bust this time.
Ibrahimovic‘s bronze, topless statue mounted over the fitted-and-booted ex-Manchester United striker in his home town as he spread his arms out broad in his popular goal celebration replicated by the masterpiece.
He added: “No matter where you come from, where you are, no matter what you look like, the statue is the symbol that anything is possible,”
Ibrahimovic started his career with Malmo before going on to play for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and United.
He moved to the United States to play in the MLS in 2018.
Ibrahimovic is currently playing for LA Galaxy sitting second on the MLS scoring charts after playing 28 matches scoring 29 times this season, two behind the league top scorer Carlos Vela who played extra two games than him.
Former England captain David Beckham, Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egypt striker Mohamed Salah have been honoured with statues.
There was a rumour about him returning to Old Trafford in August when Ibrahimovic said he would be happy to return to Manchester United as he “could still play easily in the Premier League“.
He said then: “I could still play easily in the Premier League. If United needs me, I’m here!
“But Galaxy has me so I’m sorry.
“I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully, I can get something here.
“And then we will see where that adventure finishes.”
Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela hit a hat-trick against Colorado Rapids to overtakes Josef Martinez’s Major League Soccer record for goals scored in a season.
Former Arsenal striker Vela started the game level with Orlando City’s Martinez, who recorded 31 goals in 35 matches to acquire the MLS Golden Boot last season.
He crashed the record in the 28th minute and scored his second two minutes later.
Vela then took his tally to 34 early in the second half.
Los Angeles has reached the Final series after achieving 16 points clear of Seattle Sounders ahead of the Western Conference.
In a stellar season, the club claimed their first major trophy last month by winning the Supporters’ Shield.