Rabat - Saad Abid continues his journey supporting the 2026 Morocco World Cup bid.
Rabat – Saad Abid continues his journey supporting the 2026 Morocco World Cup bid.
After travelling to numerous cities to meet superstars like Eto’o, Iniesta, Messi, Gad Elmaleh, and RedOne, the online personality and his deflated balloon landed in Los Angeles, to meet Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I’m really happy to have met the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It was truly an unforgettable moment when the “Lion” surrendered and supported the challenge #MAYMKENCH2026. He is a person with a big heart and I thank him for his time,” wrote Abid on his Facebook page.
For his challenge of “meeting 26 celebrities in 26 days in 26 countries,” Abid is traveling with a half-deflated balloon–representing “Moroccans’ state of mind”–and wants to inflate Moroccans’ hopes and the balloon with the breath of the personalities he will meet to promote Morocco’s 2026 World Cup.
Ibrahimovic, who called Abid’s project “fantastic,” accepted the challenge to give his breath in symbolic support for Morocco and its 2026 World Cup bid.
“You’re not strong enough to handle a Lion’s breath,” joked Zlatan, as he told Abid that he believed in him and in his challenge.
The football icon recalled his time in Morocco, where he trained with his former team PSG (Paris Saint-Germain). He also signed the (not so) deflated balloon.
“I love Morocco, I wish you all the best, all the success in the future and I hope that you will get the World Cup,” concluded Zlatan.
Through his promotional campaign, Abid hopes to rally “symbolic but not official” international support for Morocco in order to give more weight to its candidacy.