On 2015 Zlatan Ibrahimović showed the world once more that he can be an example both on and off the field. 805 Million names is Zlatan’s campaign in support of the United Nations Food Programme. The Swedish player covered his body with temporary tattoos of 50 different names representing the hungry people in the world currently being helped by the United Nations. Names such as Carmen, Mariko or Antoine show that people all over the world suffer from war, poverty and hunger.
Zlatan revealed the names when he took his jersey off after scoring against Caen during a Ligue One game. A couple days after he wrote the words ”805 Million names” on his boots before playing a Champions League game against Chelsea, and displayed the picture on Twitter.
The 805 Million names video is just one more shout for help for those who suffer every day from hunger. Many professional soccer players are involved in these kinds of actions since it helps when it comes to creating awareness, especially when we talk about names like Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Ibrahimović’s words in the video are the following:
” Wherever I go people recognize me, call my name, cheer for me. But there are names no one cheers for. If I could, I would write every single name on my body. But there are more than 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today, too many of them are children. They are struck by war, natural disasters and extreme poverty. I have supporters all over the world. Beginning today I want this support to go to the people who really need it, so whenever you hear my name, you’ll think of their names. Whenever you see me, you’ll see them. ”