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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be honoured with own postal stamp

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The Swedish postal service has announced plans to release a Zlatan Ibrahimovic stamp.

This stamp will probably kill email and revive the lost art of letter writing since everyone will be eager to use the Zlatan stamp — which from now on will only be referred to as the "Zlamp" — as a mark of unmatched strength and quality.

The Zlamp will be released on March 27, 2014 and at least one person is hopeful that it will class up the aesthetically poor stamp options currently available.

That person is, of course, the mighty Zlatan himself.

Ibrahimovic, who has joined up with his international side ahead of their World Cup play-off double-header with Portugal next week, admitted he is excited about the final product.

He said: "I've got to be on a corner of the stamp and it will be fun to see the finished result.

"It's a great honour to be on a postage stamp, and I'm very proud to be selected.

"I get a lot of bills and there are rarely great stamps. Maybe that will change now!"

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The head of postage stamps with the Swedish post office told The Local that the superstar was keen on the project and took an active role.

Ibrahimovic's image will appear on five different stamps and will come in a special booklet of 10 stamps.

"He liked the idea of co-operation as he thinks a lot about his fans like those who maybe can't read or write or have never received a postcard or sent a letter," said Britt-Inger Hahne, head of stamps with the Swedsh post office.

"Many young people had  never read a book before until his came out. I hope that the stamps will achieve a similar thing.

"Zlatan was very positive about the project and picked all the pictures out which feature on the five different stamps. It is a great honour for him as not many people get their own set of stamps."

It begins with the Zlamp and it will not end until the entire world is united under one currency bearing images of Zlatan using martial arts to destroy gourds of varying sizes.

The 32-year-old is one of a number of candidates for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award and has been named on the shortlist for the Puskas Award for his spectacular acrobatic effort against England.

He will be heavily involved in his country's crucial play-off clash with Portugal as the two sides aim to secure their passage to next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The Zlamps are set to be available before the tournament in Brazil, which he could yet be a starring part of if Sweden qualify.

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