Wednesday’s Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Malmo will be a special moment for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan started his professional career as a teenager with the Swedish side before becoming one of the elite strikers of his generation.
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Since moving on from Malmo, he has played for top sides Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and now PSG. Wednesday will be his first match in Malmo since leaving in 2001.
The greatest Swedish player of all-time, Zlatan’s return has been circled on the calendar since the schedule came out. While supporters will be hoping Malmo can pull off a miraculous win to stay alive in the Champions League, they will also be looking for a big performance from their former striker.
Speaking ahead of the match, Ibrahimovic wished the stadium was bigger to fit “all of Malmo,” and in typical Zlatan fashion, said he hopes to score a hat-trick against his old club.
If MFF’s stadium had been five times bigger, we’d still have been able to fill it. We want to fit all of Malmo in, but everyone can’t get in.
It’ll be a large screen in the square where everyone will have a chance to see the match live. It will be a special moment.
The perfect scenario would be if Paris win the match, I score three goals and everyone shouts my name.
With PSG heavy favorites in the match, it is more likely for supporters to see three goals from Zlatan than a Malmo win.
Already a legend in his home country, Zlatan scored three goals in two legs of Sweden’s EURO qualifying playoff last week to lead his country into the finals. Expect him to get a hero’s welcome, no matter the result.