Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue in Malmo has been the target of numerous attacks since he invested in Stockholm-based Hammarby, angering his hometown fans.
The statue has been the target of numerous attacks since the Swedish footballer invested in Stockholm-based Hammarby, angering supporters of Malmo FF, the club where he began his professional career.
The damage seen at 3.30 am local time on Sunday, and there was graffiti reading “take away”, written in Swedish, next to the statue. Ibrahimovic, 38, made his professional debut for Malmo 20 years ago.
The statue’s face was also covered by a shirt bearing the Swedish badge. I can understand that many people are disappointed in Zlatan’s behavior, but vandalizing a statute is simply unworthy,” Malmo deputy mayor Frida Trollmyr told AFP.
“Better to express your dissatisfaction in a democratic way.”
The 3.5-meter bronze structure was sprayed with paint, set on fire and had a toilet seat put over its arm after it was announced that Ibrahimovic had bought 25% of the shares in Hammarby.
Police erected a fence around the statue, which was unveiled in October 2019, after an attempt to saw through its feet in December.
Ibrahimovic’s house in Stockholm was also vandalized, with “Judas” painted on the front door.
The statue’s artist Peter Linde has previously appealed for people to stop vandalism.
Former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Manchester United, and LA Galaxy player Ibrahimovic has just re-signed for AC Milan.