Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the great Swedish footballer, has never hidden the fact he hates his country’s national anthem, ‘Du gamla, Du fria’ (Thou ancient, thou free). “It’s long and boring,” he’s repeatedly said, explaining why he doesn’t sing it before matches.
So it’s somewhat odd he’s just decided to make it even worse by recording a spoken word version that sounds like Evanescence.
Yes, Evanescence, the Christian metal act no one’s wanted to hear since 2003.
And yes, spoken word, the style of music no one’s wanted to hear since… Actually, has anyone ever wanted to hear a spoken word record???
Bizarrely, Zlatan made it with the help of Max Martin, the super producer behind most of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Britney’s biggest hits. No, I’m not quite sure what went wrong either.
There’s also a video for it in which Zlatan jumps naked into a freezing lake and tries to shoot a stag.
This has all been paid for by Volvo. DEAR GOD VOLVO, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?