The Max Martin-produced single was recorded last year for a Volvo advert.

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a new kind of accolade to add to his packed trophy cabinet. A version of the Swedish national anthem sung by the Paris Saint-Germain striker has gone gold after clocking up more than 3 million streams.

The Sweden captain recorded his version of the anthem last year as part of an advertisement for car manufacturer Volvo. Zlatan’s version was produced by compatriot Max Martin, veteran hitmaker for the likes of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Katy Perry.

Speaking to Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri last year, Ibrahimovic described the “old” version of the anthem as “boring”, adding: “This new national anthem is exactly what we need… I hope this will become the new one”.

“This is what Sweden looks like in 2014,” he added. “I do not speak perfect Swedish, but that is how it is. Mixtures everywhere. I may be a Swedish anyway. We are all different, yet equal. My dad is from Bosnia and Muslim. My mother is Croatian and Catholic. But I was born in Sweden and am a Swedish citizen. You cannot change that.”

Listen to Zlatan’s version below. [via NME]



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