Fans continue to express their rage at Zlatan Ibrahimovic after someone vandalized a statue of the football star by trying to saw it off its base. Fans of Malmö FF, Zlatan's first team and hometown, are mad that he bought a stake in Hammarby, a rival club.— Radio Sweden (@radiosweden) December 12, 2019
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The Swedish star had the bronze sculpture erected in Malmo, where he began his illustrious career, in a tribute to his impact on Swedish football. But all ties were severed when Ibrahimovic purchased a 22.5% stake in Stockholm-based club Hammarby.
The same day, Malmo fans spraypainted the statue before setting it on fire
And now fans have gone a step further as they look to air their views about Zlatan's affiliation with the rivals, with attempts made to saw off the statue's feet, while putting a rope around the neck. Police have since put barriers up to protect against vandalism.
Malmo was Ibrahimovic's first club, with the striker scoring 16 goals in 40 appearances before joining Ajax.
Malmo ultras have vandalised Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue and house in Stockholm after he became co-owner of rivals Hammerby pic.twitter.com/CW6fykoQTl— Goal (@goal) November 28, 2019
Malmo police spokesperson Eva-Gun Westford told BBC Sport an investigation had been opened and police would be looking at CCTV to identify the culprits.
"Someone tried to saw the feet," she said.
"There is a risk now it could fall and we have placed a fence around it.
The 38-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy last month.