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Dani Alves, Ronaldo and many others launch campaign to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic to attend World Cup

Brooks Peck
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When Sweden were eliminated by Portugal in the UEFA World Cup qualification playoffs, a bitter Zlatan Ibrahimovic said, "One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch." But now Brazlian footballers and celebrities are banding together to try and convince Zlatan to do just that.

Dani Alves, Ronaldo, Anderson Silva and many others all took part in a video plea to Zlatan, pleading for him to attend the first match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo. The video also includes a call to action, asking fans to hound Zlatan's social media accounts in order to get him to make the trip.

It's unclear why they're all so concerned about whether Zlatan watches the World Cup or not, but they say they have a ticket to that first match waiting for him. Perhaps this is all an elaborate plan to disguise him as a Brazilian and have him play for the host nation to ensure their success.

UPDATE: Zlatan responds...

Be careful what you wish for, Brazil.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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