Zlatan Ibrahimovic hitched a ride on a stranger's motorbike after getting stuck in traffic en route to a music festival on Thursday.
The Swedish international has spent this week appearing at the Sanremo Music Festival and was faced with the prospect of being late.
But he came across an AC Milan fan in the road and managed to ride to the festival on the back of his motorbike.
Upon arriving, the 39-year-old explained on stage per Yahoo News: "After three hours in the car I told my driver to open the door to let me out.
60 km in moto per raggiungere @SanremoRai: la clip è su #RaiPlay :arrow_right:https://t.co/YmmduZpfTp
:zap:Il video di @Ibra_official :arrow_heading_down:#Sanremo2021 @RaiUno pic.twitter.com/l1HHkJ4Fq1
- Ufficio Stampa Rai (@Raiofficialnews) March 4, 2021
"I stopped a motorcyclist and asked him: 'Can you take me to Sanremo?' Luckily he was a Milan fan. When we got here he told me: 'That was my first time on the motorway.' I've got the video!"
"I know, it seems incredible. I made the video because otherwise no one would have believed me.
"Did I take a risk? Maybe yes, but I'm not afraid to take risks and I couldn't do anything else to get there in time.
"Only two people witnessed the scene, the driver and a friend. They gave me a GPS to locate me, in case the motorcyclist had taken me who knows where."
Ibrahimovic spent the final 40 miles of his journey on the bike and released a video of himself donned in a crash helmet.
Where @Ibra_official is, never gets boring.
Ibrahimovic abandons his driver on the MOTORWAY and flags down Milan-supporting fan to take him 60km to #Sanremo festival on a motorbike. https://t.co/MCZ6CRg59C
- Noxwin (@noxwin12) March 5, 2021
HE'S NOT JOKING HE HITCHIKED HIS WAY TO SANREMO ON A BIKE. ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC YOU ARE A LEGEND. #Sanremo2021
- Giorgia :flag_it: (@GiorgiaChiumer6) March 4, 2021
The driver, who was named Franco, was star struck and told Radio Monte Carlo: "I was returning home and, while I was stopped in traffic, I saw this black van. There were two people and one looked like Ibrahimovic. So I thought: 'But this is Ibra!'
"At that point the driver lowered the window and told me: 'Ibra asks if you can take him to Sanremo'. 'Of course I will take him! No problem'.
"I had a helmet under the saddle. I called my wife and told her that I would accompany Ibrahimovic to Sanremo. She didn't believe me.
"I am a Sunday biker and I had never taken the motorway on the motorbike. He wanted to drive himself, but I said to him: 'No Ibra, I'm driving'.
"I'm also an AC Milan fan, he told me that he will send me his jersey."
It's safe to say there won't be a more valuable hitchhiker on that motorbike for some time.
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