Zlatan Tattooed For A Good Cause

16 Feb
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Source: AFP

On Saturday, Zlatan scored for PSG and tore off his shirt earning a yellow card. And there was something very different about his body. Many, many, new tattoos.

Source: AFP

Source: AFP

Here’s how he looked in November 2014 and on Saturday.

Source: AP

Source: AP

Everyone had a bit of a freakout, but it turns out that the new body art was for a very special reason.

On 14 February 2015, Paris Saint-German played against Caen at Parc des Princes. For most players this game was just another day on the job. For Zlatan Ibrahimović this was his most important game to date.

Underneath his sweater he had 50 new names tattooed. Names of people he’d never met, but still wanted to keep close. Names of some of the 805 million people suffering from hunger today.

These people don’t often make the front page, yet hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

This is a campaign from the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. About 11,500 people work for the organisation, most of them in remote areas, serving the hungry.

Support The United Nations World Food Programme and Zlatan Ibrahimović’s fight against hunger at http://WFP.org/805millionnames

His coach was very displeased with him for his actions but Zlatan said to reporters “I had 50 temporary tattoos on my body. They were the names of real people who suffer from starvation in the world. Even if the tattoos are gone today, these people are still there. There are 805 million starving people in the world. I want you to see them, through me, to help the World Food Programme.”

I understand where Blanc is coming from, but also see Zlatan’s point of view. He wants to use his fame for a good cause. People do all sorts of things for their goal celebration, I’d rather see something like this than a damn quenelle. Anyhow, Zlatan has been told not to do this during the Champions League match vs. Chelsea this week. I’m guessing that it was a one time thing. If he kept doing it, the impact would be lessened.

– Lozil

6 Responses to “Zlatan Tattooed For A Good Cause”

  1. Christine February 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    I make no apologies, I love this man.

  2. FABOD February 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    All hail the unrepentant Swede!

  3. Katie Ann February 17, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    I always approve of shirtless footballers, but this is especially awesome.

    • Dr Heidi February 17, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

      Please hide this photo from Sergio…..

      • Katie Ann February 17, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

        It’s safe. He doesn’t have any room.

  4. Shan February 18, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    And I thought I couldn’t love this man any more.

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