Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to be having a difficult time blending back in the Swedish backyard with reports of his tall statue being vandalised several times.
In the latest incident, vandals decided to take their hate to the next level by cutting of the nose of his statue outside Malmo’s stadium in Sweden.
After Zlatan’s recent announcement about investing in a rival football club went viral, things haven’t been going well for the former Malmo striker.
The 38-year-old made his professional debut for Malmo 20 years ago but that hasn’t excused him from the continuous threats and rising rates of vandalism against his 3.5 meter statue. The statue’s artist Peter Linde has also called upon the people to stop the acts of vandalism.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue has faced a lot incidents with its nose being recently cut off
The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and Manchester United player is looking for his next club having left LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season.
On 27 November it was announced he had bought 25% of the shares in Hammarby, who finished third in this year’s Swedish championship.
That same day, the 3.5 metre high bronze structure, commissioned by the Swedish FA and unveiled on 9 October, was sprayed with paint, set on fire and a toilet seat put over its arm. Ibrahimovic’s house in Stockholm was also vandalised, with ‘Judas’ painted on the front door.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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