Zlatan Ibrahimovic has marked his homecoming to his boyhood club, Malmo FF in Sweden, with a goal (below video) for Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.
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The goal put the Parisians 3-0 ahead, but the story on the night is all about Ibrahimovic, who left the club in 2001 for Ajax, and upon his return this week paid out of his own pocket for the game to be shown in the main city square. Tickets for the event sold out in less than 30 minutes.
Ibrahimovic, on his return and what the city of Malmo still means to him — quotes from the Guardian:
“I am from Malmo, wherever I go I am representing Malmo. I have become who I am because of Malmo. Everything started in Malmo and I feel like a Malmo lad. I move in a Malmo way and I think I talk in a Malmo way. Everything is Malmo for me. It was there I went to school, there I was spending time with my friends, there I played silly pranks. That is where I was free. The ‘proper stuff’ hadn’t started yet. That is where my story is. Somewhere inside me that is still my team, even if I represent PSG, Juventus or the other clubs. Malmo is still my team, there is no other one for me.”