Legendary Sweden player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gifted a signed shirt to Nobel Prize-winning Scottish chemist Sir David MacMillan.
The veteran AC Milan forward sent the signed Sweden top to the Lanarkshire professor after he used his Nobel acceptance speech to praise the forward for a goal he scored against England in 2012.
After accepting the prize the Rangers fan said watching the 40-yard overhead kick helped inspire his team at Princeton to create an organic catalyst to speed up chemical reactions.
He also included a video of the goal in his Nobel lecture last year’s ceremony.
He said Ibrahimovic had used “precision technique” to score the goal, although he couldn’t resist a jibe at England by saying it was against a team that wasn’t “particularly good”.
MacMillan, who graduated from Glasgow University in 1991, visited the Swedish football association last week and was presented with a team shirt signed by the striker.
He wrote on Twitter: “Brilliant visit, thanks to Jan and everyone at the Swedish FA for all the amazing hospitality.
“Thanks also to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the jersey. It will take massive pride of place at Princeton. The ball is round, everything can happen.”
MacMillan is to donate more than £400,000 of prize money to help Scottish pupils attend university.
Ibrahimovic, who is still playing in Serie A at the age of 41, has over 500 career goals including 62 for the Sweden national team.