Ibrahimovic’s boots from ‘greatest goal’ to be sold for St Mary’s Paddington neonatal unit
The football boots worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored what some have called the ‘greatest goal in history’ against England earlier this month could make �10,000 to help sick babies.
His boots helped seal a 4-2 drubbing for England in Stockholm earlier this month with Ibrahimovic’s acrobatic overhead kick. They are also record-breakers, having been worn by the only player ever to score four goals against England in one match.
And now they have been signed by the man himself and found their way into the hands of fellow Swede and West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson, who has decided to auction them to raise funds for the Winnicott Foundation, supporting the neonatal unit caring for premature and critically-ill babies at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Olsson decided to sell the boots because of the help he received when his daughter Iris Annabelle was born seven weeks early.
He said: “Although our daughter was born in Sweden, all through the pregnancy, and now of course, my partner Frida and I were living in Birmingham and London, so we were looking for a charity based in the UK.
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“We found the charity Winnicott Foundation and we really liked what it stands for. We want to raise awareness of premature births as it’s something very close to our hearts.”
The money is likely to help provide more and better support for parents while their babies are cared for. Run in a raffle style, ‘bidders’ have to donate a minumum of �5 to Olsson’s Just Giving page to be in with a chance of winning the boots. Olsson has donated �5,000 himself.
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Pippa Jones, chief executive of the Winnicott Foundation, said: “Having a premature baby changes your life; the Winnicott Foundation is here to try to make things easier for families and support Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s incredible neonatal staff in providing the best care for babies.
“Jonas’ support means that we can meet the immediate and longer-term needs of babies needing neonatal care that the NHS may not be able to fund, and support families to be with their babies.”
To donate and for your chance to win the boots, visit www.justgiving.com/ jonas-olsson.