Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue sawn off at ankles and toppled in Malmo

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A shirt with the Swedish badge on was draped over the statue's face

Vandals have toppled a statue of former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic by sawing it off at the ankles.

The statue, which is outside Malmo's stadium in Sweden, previously had its nose cut off after Ibrahimovic invested in a rival club in December.

The damage was discovered at 3.30am local time on Sunday, and there was graffiti reading “take away”, written in Swedish, next to the statue.

Ibrahimovic, 38, made his professional debut for Malmo 20 years ago.

The statue's face was also covered by a shirt bearing the Swedish badge.

“I can understand that many people are disappointed in Zlatan's behaviour, but vandalising a statute is simply unworthy,” Malmo deputy mayor Frida Trollmyr told AFP.

“Better to express your dissatisfaction in a democratic way.”

The 3.5-metre bronze structure was sprayed with paint, set on fire and had a toilet seat put over its arm after it was announced that Ibrahimovic had bought 25% of the shares in Hammarby.

Police erected a fence around the statue, which was unveiled in October 2019, after an attempt to saw through its feet in December.

Ibrahimovic's house in Stockholm was also vandalised, with “Judas” painted on the front door.

The statue's artist Peter Linde has previously appealed for people to stop the vandalism.

Former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Manchester United and LA Galaxy player Ibrahimovic has just re-signed for AC Milan.

He is expected to make his second debut for the Serie A side on Monday when they host Sampdoria.

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