Shalom Life | April 21, 2015

Croatian Soccer Player Gets Hebrew Tattoo Backwards

What should read on Mario Mandzukic's new tatt, “What does not kill me, strengthens me,” actually reads "Me strengthens, me kill not does what"

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: April 16th, 2015 in Sports » World

Photo: Mario Mandzukic's new tattoo


A cringe-worthy tattoo revealed itself this past Tuesday during a Champions League match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

After falling over during the match, a Hebrew tattoo on Croatian soccer player Mario Mandzukic’s lower back was revealed, and has since become an internet sensation.

The tattoo, when first scene, makes no sense and appears to be a random string of Hebrew letters. But after a closer look, it becomes apparent that neither the Real Madrid player, or his tattooer, know any Hebrew.

According to reports, the tattoo reads, “What does not kill me, strengthens me,” however it’s been written backwards. While it should read from right to left, Madzukic’s tattoo artist has it on left to right.

Although he may have been going for the Rihanna look, and wanted a tattoo that only he could read, this is likely a tattoo gone wrong.

On the plus side, we now know Madzukic’s OK with setbacks, so we can only hope this ironic mistake helps toughen him up. Furthermore, it's nice to see him take an interest in Hebrew.
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