By Adebayo Williams
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have a statue of himself erected in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm, the Swedish FA said. The 36-year-old forward, who scored 62 times in 114 games for the country, was again awarded the Golden Ball for the country’s best player. The award is his 10th in a row setting a record for the player with the most Golden Ball awards.
His national team highlights included a spectacular four-goal salvo in 2012 against England in the first game at the stadium where he will now be immortalised.
”It feels unreal. Many are thinking “Why him?” and so on, but after all the hard work over 15 years in the national team and 20 years in my club career, it feels like it’s being appreciated.
”You usually get this after you die, but I still feel alive. When I die, this statue will live on forever,” he said.
At the ceremony Ibrahimovic also received a specially recorded video message from David Beckham to congratulate him on his achievements.
The Diamond Ball for the best female player went to 33-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who won the award for the second year running thanks to her key role in Sweden’s silver medal-winning team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.