The amazing story of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's disappearing tattoos

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic caused quite a shock when he removed his shirt after scoring for Paris Saint-Germain against Caen in February 2015.

The Swede displayed his tattoo-covered body, his arms, chest and midriff all covered in words and various other forms of art.

So when the Manchester United striker posted a video of himself without any tattoos this week, eyebrows were raised.


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To go through all the effort of having the tattoos removed would have been an arduous process, let alone painful.

There is an explanation for where the tattoos went. Ibrahimovic may claim to be a God but he’s not a magician; the ink didn’t just suddenly disappear overnight.

Ibrahimovic's disappearing tattoos

It turns out that the tattoos were temporary, and there was a positive motive behind Ibrahimovic’s decision to bare his body.

“I had 15 removable tattoos on my body.” he explained, “They are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger in the world.

“Those tattoos have gone now, these people are still here. I hope that you can see them through me.”

For Ibrahimovic, it was worth receiving a one-game suspension to make his honourable gesture. He was booked by the referee and missed PSG’s game against Monaco.

Laurent Blanc wasn't pleased

Considering he once donated £30,000 to pay for Sweden’s learning difficulties national team to compete in the INAS World Football Champions in Brazil, Ibrahimovic’s public bid to raise global awareness of hunger and famine was just another show of the 34-year-old giving back, having benefitted so much from football.

Ibrahimovic’s celebration had the desired effect. He made headlines around the world and brought attention to a worldwide issue.

But then-PSG boss Laurent Blanc wasn’t entirely pleased.

“It was very successful for him and for the foundation. But it cost us a yellow card,” the Frenchman, sacked by PSG last month, said.

“Imagine if the game had become more heated and that he'd got a second yellow card. The game would have been over for us.

“I don't know if taking his shirt off was a good thing.”

There are more important things in life than football, Laurent.

United's rise

Ibrahimovic left the French champions to continue his career at Old Trafford. Having won titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, the former Barcelona striker is in a good position to add a Premier League winners medal to the collection.

Jose Mourinho has awoken United from their slow decline, breathing new life into the club with the signings of Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Was Ibrahimovic right to take his shirt off? Let us know in the comments section below!

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