Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s iconic standing in Swedish football is to be marked with the unveiling of a statue in his hometown of Malmo in October.
The LA Galaxy captain has earned a reputation as one of the best strikers in the world during a glittering 20-year career which began with Malmo in 1999.
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.”