Creator of the recently unveiled Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue Peter Linde has denied he is to blame for the monumental typographical errors on the accompanying ground plaque. Ibrahimovic was the latest footballing legend to be immortalised with a commemorative statue, as the Swedish striker unveiled the bronze work in his hometown of Malmo last week.
In comparison to previous footballers' statues out of which some proved to be a disaster, the former Manchester United man's statue is actually pretty damn good.
However, some pretty serious typographical errors were made on the plaque that accompanies the statue.
Here are some of the errors:
“FIFA Club World Gup” has been inscribed instead of “FIFA Club World Cup”
- “Ligue !” has been mistakenly written instead of “Ligue 1” in reference to his French league win with PSG in 2016
- The plaque also cites his French Super Cup win with PSG in 2013, but “Trophee des Hampions” has been inscribed instead of “Trophee des Champions”
- Causing further embarrassment: the plaque also cites Zlatan’s 2005 and 2006 Serie A title wins with Juventus, despite the fact the Turin club were effectively stripped of those titles and relegated to Serie B due to the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.
'When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Statue of Zlatan': Ibrahimovic unveils a topless sculpture of himself... but at least it's better than Cristiano Ronaldo's!— Mad eagle (@notavulture) October 8, 2019
AS report that in the wake of such errors, while speaking to Swedish outlet, fotballskanalen, the statue’s creator Peter Linde, has denied any errors by stating that he merely forwarded to the stonecutter the Swedish Football Association’s email containing the text to be included on the plaque.
Linde then went on to frankly state that the errors were not a big deal and will be fixed soon.