Passionate Manchester United fan tattoos team’s crest ON HIS FOREHEAD


Man U captain Wayne Rooney celebrates his equalizer against Swansea City. (Peter Powell/EPA)

People do a lot of crazy things when it comes to sports, but the Bulgarian super fan of Manchester United set a new standard this week when he legally changed his name to Manchester Zdravkov Levidzhov-United. He didn’t stop there, however. After a 15-year legal battle with the Bulgarian courts, Levidzhov-United one-upped himself by tattooing the team’s crest on his forehead. Yes, ON. HIS. FOREHEAD.

The man wanted to change his name to Mr. Manchester United — without any references to his original name — but the courts denied him citing  trademark concerns, Inside World Football reports. So, Levidzhov-United compromised, although he wasn’t too happy about it, which is why he opted to get the tattoo.

“I am a man who fought till the end. Some think I’m a joker, but things are more serious than you think. Just for one simple name! Bulgaria is not a constitutional state. I want to prove this,” Levidzhov-Manchester says (via Inside World Football). “I have not decided it today, that is my intention from the end of 2009. My initial idea was to get tattooed an ID on my forehead. This is now a way of protest against the mess in the judiciary.”

He added (via The Sun): “People don’t look at me in a funny way, they look in admiration.”

Well, this explains why he didn’t give up the fight during the Man U’s messy David Moyes years…

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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