STOCKHOLM: The Swedish Football Association announced on Monday about unveiling of a bronze statue of Former Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his hometown of Malmo on October 8.
The monument to the 116-time international is 2.7 metres tall and weighs 500kg.
It will be installed at the home of local side Malmo FF, where ‘Ibra’ started his professional career, in the square between the city’s old and new football stadiums.
He was “very happy” with the decision to place the statue in Malmo, Ibrahimovic, 37, who currently plays for LA Galaxy in the US’ MLS said.
“It was my wish from the very beginning. This is where everything started and this is where my heart is,“ he said.
The project was initiated in 2015 by the Swedish Football Association and entrusted the design to sculptor Peter Linde.
“The statue will forever be a great manifestation of Sweden’s greatest and one of the world’s best footballers of all time,“ Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the association said.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic who started his professional debut with Malmo in 1999, has scored more than 400 goals for clubs such as Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and LA Galaxy as well as winning multiple league and cup titles.
He also scored 62 goals for the Swedish national team. The rags-to-riches footballer grew up in Rosengard, a district in Malmo which is known for economic and social issues is now a successful entrepreneur and one of the best-paid athletes on the planet