Pro Footballer Takes Off His Jersey During A Game To Help Save Millions Of Lives

February 16, 2015

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the world's most exciting players to watch in all of sports.

In a game earlier this week, the Swedish professional footballer, who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain, took off his shirt after scoring a goal.

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Under his jersey he had 50 new names tattooed. Names of people he'd never met, but still wanted to keep close. Names of some of the 805 million people suffering from hunger today.

These people don't often make the front page, yet hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide.

"On Saturday against Caen, when I took my shirt off, everyone was asking what all the new tattoos were," Ibrahimovic wrote on his team's website. "I had 50 names temporarily tattooed on my body. They are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger around the world. The tattoos have gone, but the people are still out there. There are 805 million people who are suffering from hunger around the world. I want you to see them, via me, to help the World Food Programme."

His stunt earned him a penalty and possible suspension, but it did exactly what he set out to do - get people talking.

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