Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘shot a lion in South Africa in 2011 before importing its skin, skull and jaw’

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘shot a lion in South Africa after sitting in a fence for a year before importing his skin, skull and jaw to Sweden as a trophy’, with AC Milan star calling HIMSELF a lion under fire his native Sweden

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to have shot a lion in South Africa in 2011
  • The AC Milan frontman then imported his skin, jaw and skull, it is said
  • A report says Ibrahimovic was licensed and killed the lion less than a year later
  • Lions are officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the Red List of Endangered Species of Nature Conservation

Sweden and AC Milan top Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been remarkably accused of shooting a lion in South Africa in 2011 and importing its skin, skull and jaw to his home country.

The seasoned attacker, who has often compared himself to the wild animal over the years, has been criticized in his native country for the act.

Swedish outlet Expressing claim Ibrahimovic obtained a hunting license and, less than a year later, shot the male lion in the wild.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to have shot a lion in South Africa and then imported his trophy

Lions are classified as 'vulnerable' by the Red List of Endangered Species for Nature Conservation

Lions are classified as 'vulnerable' by the Red List of Endangered Species for Nature Conservation

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to have shot a lion in South Africa and then imported his trophy

The creature has been officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the Red List of Endangered Species of Nature Conservation.

Hunting lions in South Africa is legal, provided proper permits have been issued.

As part of their explosive exposure, Expressing examined a total of 82 hunters from Sweden looking to take home a trophy.

They claim from a source that the lion shot by Ibrahimovic spent more than a year in an enclosure before being released – parts of the carcass were reportedly shipped to his home in Malmö.

The Swedish newspaper reached out to Ibrahimovic for comment, but received no response.

Ibrahimovic, 39, has a large roaring lion tattoo etched on his back (pictured above)

Ibrahimovic, 39, has a large roaring lion tattoo etched on his back (pictured above)

Ibrahimovic, 39, has a large roaring lion tattoo etched on his back (pictured above)

Notably, the former Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain frontman has a large tattoo of a roaring lion etched on his back.

Those who hunt for trophies are said to choose top-tier animals, such as a lion, when they go on safari.

There are several organizations in Africa that offer the experience to wealthy people with an interest from abroad.

Expressen claims Ibrahimovic was licensed and, less than a year later, shot and killed the lion

Expressen claims Ibrahimovic was licensed and, less than a year later, shot and killed the lion

Expressen claims Ibrahimovic was licensed and, less than a year later, shot and killed the lion

‘Canned’ hunting, in which an animal is placed in a closed area with no chance of escape, is prohibited in South Africa – but captive lion hunting is allowed.

A report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare says 1.7 million animals were killed for their trophy between 2004 and 2014.

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