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

Ross Houston
October 9, 2019

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was honored with a shirtless statue of himself in Sweden.

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.

But hundreds of presumably adult fans did gather near the Stadion, where Ibrahimovic got his start playing for Malmo FF in 1999 (and where he's rumored to be considering someday finishing his career), for the unveiling of the Galaxy striker's sculpted alter ego.

The 8ft 9in tall statue has been commissioned by Swedish FA.

The 8ft 9in statue weighs almost 500kg and was designed by Swedish artist Peter Linde and commissioned by the Swedish FA.

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. Then you have players who receive both trophies and statues", said Ibrahimovic, a child of Balkan immigrants to Sweden.

"I think Inter are doing great things with a manager who is really pushing them on but they are not at the same level as Juventus. When you come to Sweden, you have the Statue of Zlatan".

He has also scored more than 400 goals for top teams including Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, 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.

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