PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was honoured by the tallest building in Sweden the “Turning Torso” ahead of the French giant’s meeting with Malmo in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
The building has had a blue Z lit up on top of the tower to mark Ibrahimovic’s homecoming game against his boyhood club.
The Swedish striker who signed his first contract with Malmo in 1996 as a teenager scored 16 goals in 40 appearances for the club before moving to Ajax.
Speaking in a media conference in his hometown ahead of the Champions League game, Ibrahimovic said “A perfect scenario is that we win, I score three goals and everyone chants my name after the match”, “But during the game, they should support Malmo.”
Wednesday’s game will mark the first time the 34-year-old will return to Malmo to play a competitive club side match and he (Ibrahimovic) has arranged for the game to be shown on a big screen in the city’s main square, Stortorget.
“When the draw was made, I called Malmo directly and said ‘book Stortorget. I’ll have it,” he said.
‘It took a while, but then they called back and said it was booked. I said ‘good, I want everyone to have a chance to see the game.”
Ibra bemoaned the heavy security that prevented him from showing his PSG team-mates around his home town, saying he’d like to show them the tough estate where he learned the skills that made him a household name.
‘If I could, I would have taken them to Rosengard,’ he said, with a broad smile. ‘Show them how we play there.’