‘Lost to Malmo’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s image tarnished at home

In Malmo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hometown, his supporters felt the iconic footballer could do no wrong, but his decision to invest…

In Malmo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hometown, his supporters felt the iconic footballer could do no wrong, but his decision to invest in a rival club was an unforgivable sin to many.

Since announcing a month ago that he was buying a stake in the football club Hammarby IF, based in Sweden’s capital Stockholm, Ibrahimovic’s bronze statue in Malmo has been regularly vandalised.

It was only unveiled in October, in the presence of thousands of fans, outside the stadium of Malmo FF — the southern Swedish team where Ibrahimovic made his professional debut in 1999 and a rival of Hammarby.

A rope was placed around the statue’s neck and the word “Judas” daubed across the front door of his residence in Stockholm.
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