Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed 15 temporary tattoos on Saturday after scoring against Ligue 1 outfit Caen. And surprise, surprise, they were the real names of people suffering from hunger around the world!
“When I took my shirt off against Caen, everybody asked what these new tattoos were. I had 15 removable tattoos on my body, they are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger in the world. [While] those tattoos have gone now, these people are still here … I hope that you can see them through me,” said Ibrahimovic.
The Swede said he agreed to the venture to raise awareness for the United Nations’ World Food Program – which fights against hunger worldwide.
“Wherever I go people recognise me, call my name, cheer me. But there are names no one cheers for. If I could, I would write every single name on my body. But there are 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today … So whenever you hear my name, you will think of their names. Whenever you see me, you will see them.” – Ibrahimovic
Marina Catena, director of the WFP in France, said that Ibrahimovic’s huge worldwide popularity made him the ideal person to work with. She also shared the concept of getting ‘autographed’ inspired the idea – which is pretty cool, if you ask us!
“I had a dream that someone could convey this message in a simple way. We thought of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is always asked for his autograph. So why shouldn’t it be Zlatan who has the autographs on his body this time? We’re proud that he accepted to convey this message,” she said.