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Dani Alves stars in video campaign urging Ibra to come to Brazil

The Swede has said “a World Cup without me is nothing to watch”.

UNFORTUNATELY, ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC won’t be competing at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Last November, his Sweden team suffered a 4-2 aggregate defeat to a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal in the play-offs and, after the game, Ibra was his typical self proclaiming “a World Cup without me is nothing to watch.”

The host country, it seems, are in agreement.

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A campaign has begun in Brazil to get the sulky striker to Sao Paulo on June 12th to watch the Seleção take on Croatia in the tournament opener.

The accompanying video sees a host of ex-Brazilian stars like Ronaldo, Bebeto and Denilson sending their personal messages to Zlatan while Dani Alves serenades him with some percussion-driven rhymes.

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In equally-entertaining Zlatan news, he was crowned Ligue 1′s Player of the Year for the second time in a row over the weekend.

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His on-field displays have been incredible – his 25 goals pushing Paris St Germain to a second successive title.

But he arguably saved his most memorable performance for his acceptance speech. As he collected the award, he was urged to say a few words in French (one of the  very few languages he isn’t fluent in). He confidently (and inevitably) accepted the challenge.

Cue howls of laughter (mainly from his manager Laurent Blanc and team-mates Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verrati) at Zlatan’s, eh, interpretation of the the local parlance.

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