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Zlatan Ibrahimovic immortalized in Malmo

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A statue of the former Swedish striker, who currently plays at LA Galaxy, was inaugurated Tuesday (October 8th) in the southern city of the kingdom, in the presence of the footballer and many fans.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes that sculpture will become "a symbol for people who do not feel welcome, do not feel like in their shoes". JOHAN NILSSON / AFP

It took a statue – his own – for the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be overtaken by his precarious condition of mortal and show, for a short time, a rare humility. The presence of his parents, in the stands, Tuesday, October 8, was perhaps for something. Or was the former PSG striker struck by a flash of lucidity, realizing he would die " One day "but that the bronze "Remain" ?

"I'm an old granny, but I love it. He is so cute. He had nothing to succeed and that's where he is today. A resident of Malmö

Still, a few moments before the sculpture is discovered, in front of the stadium of Malmö, bastion of the MFF, where it all began twenty-five years ago – "Where I stole my first bikes"he slammed, urging young people not to imitate him – the Swede said: "I am living proof that everyone can fulfill their dreams, provided they work hard. I am not special. "

Moment of flutter in the crowd. Zlatan, smiles, then resumes: "I'm only the best at what I do. " Jubilant screams. Hundreds of people came to attend the event. Among them, Ilana Persson, 68 years old: "I'm an old granny, but I love it. He is so cute. He had nothing to succeed and that's where he is today. It's an inspiration for young people. " Emil, 10, hopes to get an autograph from his idol.

An unfavorable neighborhood

Many come from Rosengård, a poor district in the south of Malmö, where 90% of the inhabitants are of foreign origin. Zlatan was born there and grew up there. "He is one of us", estimates Blerion, 44 years old. Of Macedonian origin, Ismael Islamoski, 23, agrees: "It shows that it's possible to succeed even when you come from difficult conditions. He gives us confidence. It's really important when you belong to a minority. "

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A few minutes earlier, in a lyrical speech, where no superlative is too much to describe "The greatest footballer in the history of Sweden", the Secretary General of the Swedish Football Association, Håkan Sjöstrand, paid tribute to "His brilliance, his attitude and his greatness". Zlatan's career, he says, is "A masterpiece that must be cherished and preserved for future generations".

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