Veteran former Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic threw his weight in a campaign to promote respect for the rules of social distancing and wearing masks, calling on fans not to “challenge the virus” in a video published by the Lombardy province on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic, who suffered a “Covid-19” infection weeks ago, which prevented him from participating with his team Milan in his opening matches in the Italian football league before he returned strongly and scored three duos in three matches topped the list of scorers in the “Serie A”, to participate In the awareness campaign launched by the local authorities in Lombardy.
“The virus challenged me and defeated him,” Ibrahimovic said in Italian in a video from a balcony overlooking Milan, before wearing a mask. But you’re not a Zlatan, don’t challenge the virus. Always respect the rules, distance and mask.
The president of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, stated that the idea of choosing Ibrahimovic to conduct the awareness campaign had come to him on the night of the “anger” derby between the city poles: Inter Milan and AC Milan, which was the first match of the 39-year-old Swedish veteran after recovering from the Corona virus, and he succeeded in leading his team to victory. He scored a double (2-1).
Like its neighbors, Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic, has been experiencing a sharp rise in HIV infections in recent weeks. The country has recorded nearly 38,000 deaths, more than 550,000, since the end of last February.