A small copy made by PeterLinde of his statue of Zlatan.
A small copy made by PeterLinde of his statue of Zlatan. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Creator of secret Zlatan statue speaks out

Sculptor Peter Linde: We had problems with certain details, especially his face
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The man who has been working in secret for over a year on creating a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, tells Radio Sweden that the sporting icon did not recognize himself at first after the sculptor took him on his word to exaggerate his features.

Peter Linde says he met with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his studio three times, for short periods, since he was given the project last August by the Swedish FA to sculpt a statue of the famous star footballer.  

Describing the 35-year-old as "a fantastic person to work with", the sculptor tells Radio Sweden that he had to make some adjustments to the face after Zlatan told him to exaggerate his features.

"I think he liked it," Peter Linde say. "We had problems with certain details, especially his face."

When I first him, he said to me, exaggerate as much as you can. I took him by his word and maybe I exaggerated too much in his face so I had to correct that a little bit...he did not recognize himself.  

News of the statue in his honour was announced at Monday night's football award's gala where Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named best player for a tenth consecutive season.

Peter Linde says his statue, which will be cast in bronze, is almost finished and will be put up some time late next year.

The artist has also created a statue of another famous Swedish sportsman, boxer Ingemar Johansson. The heavyweight champion's statue stands outside the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg.


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