Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been immortalised in his hometown of Malmo with a monument standing at 8.9 feet tall paying tribute to the Swede's iconic celebration.
Zlatan unveiled the statue in front of many supporters at Malmo's stadium where the LA Galaxy player started his career.
🇸🇪 A statue of @Ibra_Official has been unveiled in his hometown Malmo.— SPORF (@Sporf) October 8, 2019
⛏ It was commissioned by the Swedish FA & took 4 years to make.
🗣 "When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to 🇸🇪 you have the Statue of Zlatan."
🤷♂️ Zlatan being Zlatan. pic.twitter.com/NLQJ5Ku4b5
The statue was commissioned by Swedish football authorities to celebrate their record goalscorer and took Swedish artist Peter Linde four years to construct.
Always known for his charismatic and arrogant attitude Zlatan said at the event: "When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty when you come to Sweden you have the Statue of Zlatan."
Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks as a bronze statue in his likeness is unveiled in his hometown of Malmo, Sweden pic.twitter.com/6FfaQtziOK— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 8, 2019
The half-naked bronze statue commemorates the man who has made over 500 club appearances and scored over 400 goals for the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic has been a cornerstone of Swedish football making 116 appearances and scoring 62 goals before retiring from international football in 2016.