Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Swedish Footballer of the Year for the 11th time in 12 years. The Swedish Football Association have announced plans to immortalize one of their greats by erecting a statue in his honour at outside the Friends Arena – the country’s national stadium located at the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The Red Devils striker who called time on his international career after the Euro 2016 has scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country was presented with the Golden Ball prize and a miniature replica of the statue.
Reacting to the honour, the former PSG forward said,
After 20 years of hard work I got a statue in the capital city of Sweden. Who else.
Super proud, happy, emotional, wow and thank you Sweden.
Meanwhile, David Beckham in a video message described the 35 year-old as one of the greatest players whose physique, passion and love for the game hasn’t changed.
“He’s still one of the greatest players that has ever played the game – one of the reasons why I’m happy he is now playing at Manchester United, my team. Thanks for that, Zlatan.” Beckham added.