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Zlatan's face makes a splash in Sweden

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Zlatan's face makes a splash in Sweden
Swedish artists Sandra Ahlman and Christoffer Malmgren with the Zlatan Ibrahimovic portraits. Photo: Erland Vinberg/TT
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If you asked Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself, he would probably say that there is only one Zlatan. But he would be wrong. As of this weekend there will be at least 18 of them.

A total of 17 oil portraits of Ibrahimovic form part of an exhibition in Kristianstad in southern Sweden this weekend in tribute to one of Sweden's most famous footballers of all time.

Artists Sandra Ahlman and Christoffer Malmgren are behind the paintings and they claim the main challenge was to paint pictures that "scream Zlatan".

"Behind all this serious, earnest, you can still see the spark in the eye. I wanted very much to get that across and I like doing portraits of him," Ahlman told the TT newswire on Friday.

Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Erland Vinberg/TT 

The project began when Malmgren drew a portrait of the Paris Saint-Germain forward which quickly became popular among sport and art fans.

"Everybody has some kind of relationship with him. Whether you like football or not – everybody knows who Zlatan is," he said.

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Parts of the revenue of the exhibition, which is only open on Saturday and Sunday, will be donated to Swedish charity Barncancerfonden, for children with cancer.

Some of the sales will go to charity. Photo: Erland Vinberg/TT

Ibrahimovic himself (the real one) is next heading to southern Sweden in November for the second leg of PSG's Champions League clash with his former team, Malmö FF.

The footballer made headlines last week when he revealed he would be booking the main square in Malmö to put up a big screen TV for fans who did not manage to get tickets to the highly-anticipated match.

"More surprises await that day," he promised on Facebook. "I'm on my way..."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the life-size original. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

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