Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue to be unveiled in his hometown
Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue to be unveiled in his hometown
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue to be unveiled in his hometown

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue will be unveiled in his hometown of Malmo in October.

The Sweden Football Federation is using the statue to celebrate the legendary striker's 20 years playing career that began in Malmo in 1999.

Reports say the bronze monument, which has been in the works for the past few years, stands 2.7 metres tall and weighs 500kg and is a gift to the 37-year-old from the Swedish Football Association.

It will be unveiled on October 8 and is located in the square between Malmo’s old and new stadiums where his career began, reports AS.

"The statue will forever be a great manifestation of Sweden's greatest and one of the world's best footballers of all time," said the secretary general of the association, Hakan Sjostrand.

Ibrahimovic said: "I'm very happy with the decision to place the statue in Malmo, it was my wish from the very beginning. This is where everything started, and this is where my heart is."

When the statue was originally commissioned, Ibrahimovic said: “It feels unreal. Many are thinking 'why him?’ and so on, but after all the hard work over 15 years in the national team and 20 years in my club career, it feels like it's being appreciated.

“You usually get this after you die, but I still feel alive. When I die, this will live on forever.”

Zlatan has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden.

He has played for Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

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