Today's the day! Three months after the group-stage draw and the announcement of this clash with Malmö, here we are. Eagerly awaited by a while city, by a whole country, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come full circle, returning to where everything began more than 15 years ago. It's a huge occasion for the city, which is borderline obsessed with its local hero.
There were big celebrations late on Tuesday afternoon as Kent Andersson, Mayor of Malmö, decorated Zlatan with a citizen of honour medal from the city. A bit later on, the tallest building in the city was illuminated with a giant 'Z'… a level of attention that was reflected in the Swedish press, with Zlatan dominating the headlines.
Expressen ran with 'Welcome home' for their top story, while AftonBladet, another Swedish daily, devoted a two-page spread to the Paris Saint-Germain number ten entitled 'Malmö Loves Zlatan' and featuring messages from Malmö citizenry. For here in Malmö, be it in the main square, at the newsstands or around the hotel where the Parisians are staying, everyone is expressing their admiration for Paris Saint-Germain's all-time top goal scorer.
Some lucky Malmöites got a chance to pose for a photo with their idol and his teammates on Wednesday morning as they took their traditional pre-match stroll around the city - the last chance to approach the star striker before tonight's match at 20:45 at the Swedbank Stadion. A match that will also be shown live on giants screens in the city's main square, an initiative from… Zlatan. More than 5,000 people are expected to show up and watch the match in the city centre.
It's a crunch clash for Laurent Blanc's men, who can, in case of victory, book their place in the last 16 of this, Europe's most prestigious club competition.