Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

FILE PHOTO - , SPAIN - JANUARY 10: coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Real Madrid v Numancia on January 10, 2018 (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that Zinedine Zidane has been one of the finest attacking midfielders of all time. Zidane started his footballing career with a French club named Cannes and then moved to Bordeaux in 1992. The Frenchman in his last season with the Girondins won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award.
After, an impressive performance for Bordeaux, Zidane got offers from the big clubs of Europe. The Frenchman decided to join the Italian giants, Juventus in 1996. Zizou, in his spell of five years at the Old Lady, won two Serie A titles, one Super Cup, two Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year awards and one Ballon d’Or. During the same time, the former Juventus midfielder achieved tremendous success with French national team as he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. His exploits garnered him the Golden Ball at the latter tournament as well.

Zidane’s phenomenal performance for Juventus and French national team made him the most expensive football player back then. As he joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of around €77.5 million, Zizou succeeded in winning the UEFA Champions League trophy in his first season at Santiago Bernabeu. The second season at the famous club saw him capture his first La Liga title.

After facing defeat in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2004 UEFA Euro Cup. Zidane decided to retire from the international football. France struggled a lot to qualify for the 2006 World Cup and due to this Raymond Domenech urged the Frenchman to return from retirement. Zizou agreed for it and was made the captain of the French national team.

Once again, the former Bordeaux midfielder won everybody’s heart with his performance on the pitch. Zidane took the French team on his shoulders to the final of the 2006 World Cup. However, his headbutt on Marco Materazzi saw him being sent off in his last ever game as a professional.