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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Statue In Malmo Has Had The Nose Cut Off

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Statue In Malmo Has Had The Nose Cut Off

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue outside former club Malmo has been vandalised again and had it's nose removed.

It's the latest in a string of protests after the Swede announced he had purchased a 25% stake in rival club Hammarby.

His statue has also been defaced with spray paint, had a toilet seat placed on it and been set on fire.

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It's feet have also been sawed in an attempt to take it down for good.

The 3.5 metre high bronze statue had been commissioned by the Swedish FA and was only unveiled two months ago.

Workers have tirelessly worked to keep the statue clean but Malmo fans are furious with the 38-year-old.

Ibra's house in Stockholm has also been vandalised, with 'Judas' being painted on the door to let him know how his involvement with Hammarby is going down.

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He began his career with Malmo back in 1999 and is arguably one of the greatest exports of Swedish football.

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It's a shame the way it has spiralled out of control as the often confident Swede was humbled by the unveiling in October.

The former LA Galaxy striker told Swedish newspaper Expressen that the tribute to his career "means a lot."

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He explained: "Not just when it comes to football, it stands for so much more than just football players.

"Everyone who feels they need support, needs power, energy: just look at the statue, or come to the statue. It's proof that you can succeed if you believe in yourself.

Zlatan speaking at the statue's unveiling in October. (Image Credit: PA)
Zlatan speaking at the statue's unveiling in October. (Image Credit: PA)

"I'm no bigger than anyone else, it could be anyone. It's as simple as that. I'm not chosen or special in any way, I fought and believed in myself.

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Artist Peter Linde has previously appealed for fans to stop the vandalism but it looks to have had no effect.

He told Sportbladet back in November per BBC Sport:

"People act like they're at war, but this isn't war, it's about football. It is so insane that one cannot respect that Zlatan is a free man.

"I want the statue to be repaired and restored and for those who are doing this to realize how stupid they are."

Topics: Zlatan, Football, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Malmo

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.