Story of the Legend Zidane

Nov 02, 2020

Arguably, the best footballer in the world was born on the 23rd of June in the early 70s. To be specific, it was around 1972. This was when arguably the greatest French player of all time came to live. Zinedine Yazid Zidane was born in La Castellane. This was a northern suburb of Marseille to Algeria Migrants. Zizou, as he is also known, was introduced to the round leather game at a very tender age. He idolised Marseille stars of then, compatriot Jean Pierre Papin and 'El Principe', the Uruguayan Enzo Francescoli.

Zidane started his professional career at Cannes where he made 71 appearances and scored 6 goals between 1989 and 1992. He moved to Bordeaux from Cannes where he started to show his unbelievable quality, winning the Uefa Intertoto cup in 1995.

Within 5 years of his first trophy, Zizou established himself as the best footballer in the world, winning 2 Serie A titles and 4 cup competitions with Juventus, in this period he also won the Fifa world cup on home soil in 1998, scoring the decisive goals in the final and the Uefa European Championships in 2000 with Les Blues. As per individual accolades, he won the Ballon D'Or in 1998 after winning the world cup with France. He has also been awarded with Fifa world player of the year awards twice in his career, and nominated other times earning him runner-up positions.

In all Zizou played as a professional footballer for 17 seasons in the top-flight division. He dominated the French league when he was there. He was outstanding with Juventus in the Italian league. He reigned supreme as the Maestro in the Spanish league. He did all these leaving a mark on everyone that witnessed his greatness and rightly regarded as one of the greatest and famous footballer of all time. It’s not every time you see someone winning the UEFA Champions league as a player and as a coach. This is why 433agent believes his story is important to be enlivened for generations to come and for footballers to learn from.

Who is Zinedine Zidane?

Zinedine Zidane as a footballer is best described as grace, class, leadership and greatness personified. Blessed with unbelievable flair, supreme technical ability and a velvet first touch, Zizou always seem to have an extra minute on the ball as it was impossible to take the ball from the maestro who glides through the midfield all the time as if his opponents were non-existent.

When they said 'cometh the hour, cometh the man’ they were referring to the French No 10. He left an indelible mark in most of the finals he participated in. He scored 2 of the 3 goals as France became World Champions at the expense of Brazil in 1998. One of the greatest goals ever to be scored in the Uefa Champions league finals was his stunning volley. The assist given by Roberto Carlos and that goal made Real Madrid the King of Europe in Glasgow in 2002. It is still ranked by a lot of football fans as the best UCL goal of all time.

8 years after his heroics in Paris, Zidane lit up another World Cup finals. This time for both the good reasons and also for the bad reasons. And it was against another illustrious rival, Azzurri's of Italy. This happened at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. First, Zizou scored a cheeky Panenka against Gigi Buffon. That was first blood. It was Marco Materazzi had that caused the penalty. Materazzi made amends few minutes later in the match to draw Italy level and it stayed like that till the end of regulation time. Deep into Extra time, both men took centre stage again as the French Captain was dismissed for violent misconduct after Head-butting the Italian center-half.

This was the second sending off for Zizou as a professional footballer at the world cup after receiving his nation’s first-ever sending off during France 98’s World cup. He received the red card while playing against Saudi Arabia. But the one against Italy was the last time Zidane played professional football as he retired afterwards adding to the Enigma.

Who is Zinedine Zidane? Zidane is a famous football player, a genius, a maestro, a leader, an Enigma all rolled into one.

How Many Trophies Has Zinedine Zidane Won?

The brand Zizou is associated with wins, trophies and success, the great man wins trophies everywhere he went except for Cannes where he began his professional journey.

Zinedine Zidane has won a total of 15 trophies as a player, 11 as a manager for a combined total of 26 trophies.

Facts You Need to Know About Zidane

  •     He is the last of 5 siblings
  •     He is of Algerian, Kabyle descent
  •     His parents Smail and Maliki emigrated to Paris from the Village of Aguemoune in northern Algeria before the Algerian war in 1953.
  •     He is a Muslim
  •     He is the first-ever Frenchman to be red-carded at the Fifa world cup
  •     He received a total of 14 red cards in his career
  •     He is the first and only manager to have won 3 consecutive European Cups in the Uefa Champions League era.
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