Ibrahi­movic un­veils statue in home­town

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

MALMO, Swe­den (AFP) — Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic un­veiled a bronze statue of him­self on Tues­day near the sta­dium where he launched his pro­fes­sional ca­reer in his home­town of Malmo.

“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 Swe­den’s best-known foot­baller, vis­i­bly moved to see him­self per­ma­nently rep­re­sented “where it all be­gan”.

Ibrahi­movic, who had a stint with Paris Saint-Ger­main, al­ready has an ef­figy at the Grevin wax mu­seum in the French cap­i­tal.

He had been wait­ing for his statue in Swe­den for five years. The work, cre­ated by Swedish sculptor Peter Linde, is im­pres­sive. Ibrahi­movic stands 1.95m (6ft 5in) tall. The sculp­ture is 2.7 me­ters high and weighs 500kg.

Ibrahi­movic, whose par­ents em­i­grated from the for­mer Yu­goslavia, grew up in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions in Rosen­gard, a neigh­bor­hood in Malmo known for vi­o­lent clashes be­tween ri­val gangs.

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