Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not have been able to lead his country to the World Cup this year, but he’s not going to let that happen again.
He’s now the official ambassador for Sweden’s football team for the learning disabled, named “The Unknown Team.”
The team, which qualified for the INAS World Cup in Brazil was having trouble raising funds to get the players to Brazil. So they reached out to Sweden’s soccer stars asking for auction-able items.
But Ibrahimovic decided to do better than a signed jersey, saying "What the hell are you going to do with a shirt? How much is it to go?" The striker then decided to pay the whole bill upfront, which was about 350,000 kronor ($51,000).
According to the Swedish football federations's website, Ibrahimovic was more than happy to help his fellow countrymen realize a dream.
"Football should be played by anyone, regardless of gender, disability or not," Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying. “And when we missed the World Cup, I was deeply disappointed, but when I heard about ‘The Unknown Team’ I said to myself that I wanted to do everything in my power to help them to experience the World Cup. There was nothing to think about. Now I get to experience the World Cup through them.”
The INAS World Cup begins on August 11 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(h/t Dirty Tackle)