Soccer Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wants You To Know the Names of the 805 Million Hungry People On This Planet

Soccer fans all over the globe know the name Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They know just how powerful that right leg of his is. So too do they know about his rebellious style of play. What they didn’t know about the prolific goal-scorer that hails from Sweden is that he cares about more than his play on the field. They, as well as many that don’t know a lick about soccer, now know that Zlatan Ibrahimovic cares about world hunger.


In a recent match that pitted Ibrahimovic’s club (Paris Saint-Germain) against Caen, Ibrahimovic, as he has been known to do, scored a mesmerizing goal. It’s what he did afterward that surprised all. And it’s simple: he took his shirt off. He then outstretched his arms and eyed down the crowd, in his own way asking them to take notice of something new. What, though? Tattoos. New tattoos squeezed between those that soccer fans had been exposed to previously.

But what were the tattoos of? Why were they so important? They were names — up and down, left to right, they were just names. Here’s the thing: as Ibrahimovic says in the following video, they were actual names of just some of the 805 million people on this planet that find themselves hungry right this second. Names he wants us to know.

What inspires us most about Ibrahimovic’s actions isn’t that he went to great lengths (time, for example) to physically have the tattoos placed on his body. No, what inspires us is that this athlete, this mega-star of the sports world, is using his humongous platform to raise awareness for a cause he deeply believes in. Even more, he will not allow one showing of his tattoos to be the only thing. His support has continued on Twitter, where he has over 2.4 million followers:

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Courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Twitter Feed (@Ibra_official)
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Courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Twitter Feed (@Ibra_official)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent efforts to address the issue of world hunger inspires, yes. It certainly does. The stance he is taking is impressive, to say the least. But it doesn’t take a sports star to make a difference, or a celebrity. We can make a difference. We can contribute to ending world hunger.

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