- Zlatan Ibrahimovic's giant statue has been defaced and burnt by angry Malmo fans
-The former Swedish international drew the wrath of Malmo fans after buying a 25% stake in rival club Hammarby
- Malmo fans see the development as an utter disrespect for the club where Zlatan began his football career
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's towering statue has been defaced and burnt by angry Malmo football fans after the Swedish star bought a 25% stake in rival club Hammarby.
The Swedish star became the latest football star to venture into club ownership after buying a chunk of percentage in a Swedish topflight club which was announced on Wednesday, November 27.
The development, however, irked Malmo fans who went to deface and burn his giant statue built outside Swedbank Stadion in a courageous show of displeasure.
Zlatan started his football career with his hometown outfit Malmo in 1995 as a youngster before moving onto Ajax at the age of 19.
The 38-year-old former Swedish international enjoyed successful stints with European top flights including PSG, Barcelona and Man United,
He later moved to American side LA Galaxy where he was been able to score quite impressive 53 goals in 58 appearances for the club before calling it quit.
Acknowledging his greatness in Sweden football and his link to the Malmo, the Swedish side built a towering figure of the football star in their old and new club.
Ibrahimovic's ego took an unusual dent after his statue was damaged outside by angry fans who are protesting against his recent partnership with the rival club Hammarby.
Malmo chiefs had earlier said the statue would be respected but the submission did not go down well with club's fans who labelled Zlatan as the Judas in the club's relationship with their legends.
"Of the reactions I have sent to me so far, I have not heard anyone who thinks this is good,'' Kaveh Hosseinpour, the vice-chair of the Malmo supporters' group said
"Everyone is extremely critical. Some are disappointed, some are angry and some think it is idiotic.
"He has probably lost his grip on what he means to Malmo. He misunderstands his position a little when he says that Malmo will be happy for his sake.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he is not interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tottenham when the January transfer window opens because he has Harry Kane.
The Portuguese and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a superb working relationship during his reign at Manchester United where they won the Europa League title.
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