Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have taken a “red card” for taking his shirt off as part of his campaign against hunger

Speaking at a press conference organised by PSG yesterday afternoon, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained the numerous tattoos that he displayed upon scoring against Caen last weekend. 

“Wherever I go people recognise me, call my name, cheer for me. But there are names no one cheers for. There are 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today. Too many of them are children. They are struck by war, natural disasters and extreme poverty.  When I was young, when I came home, I don’t say I didn’t have food, but I didn’t have a full fridge. It was empty.”

“My father worked a lot, it was different conditions but I felt how it was (to be hungry) so imagine the hunger out there and what kind of problem it is. So, through me I wanted to help the World Food Programme to help these people, to help these names. Remember, these tattoos are only 50 names, but we talk about 805 million going through this hunger problem. For me it is chaos, it is catastrophic. But it is not a problem that we cannot solve.”

“I would even take a red card just to help the World Food Programme – these types of problems are bigger than a yellow card or a red card. It was spontaneous, I just wanted to reach out to everybody and the consequences would come afterwards. I am ready for any consequence – to even get a big fine, it doesn’t matter.”

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