Zidane’s Extraordinary Career
Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest football players of all time, ended his career in 2006 in one of the strangest and most unforgettable ways possible.
In his 17 year career, Zidane achieved incredible success, including his trophies with Real Madrid and France, setting a new world record transfer fee, and leading France to its world cup victory in 1998. Zidane is often lauded as one of the greatest players of his generation, and is highly regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time.
Ending of Career
Zidane ended his career in 2006, during the World Cup final against Italy. It was a shocking scene that many still remember – in a heated moment, Zidane headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi, and was shown the red card, resulting in an immediate ejection from the game. After the game, Zidane immediately announced his retirement from professional football.
Zidane’s legacy lives on, as one of the best players of all time. Although the ending of his career was unfortunate, it should not define his legacy as an incredible footballer with a one-of-a-kind style. Zidane will always be remembered for his skill and talent, not for one regrettable incident.
Here are some interesting facts about the great Zidane:
- His full name is Zinedine Yazid Zidane
- He debuted as a professional at just 17 years old
- He broke a world record when he was transferred to Real Madrid for € 78 million
- He is the only footballer in history to be awarded Player of the Year in three different leagues
- He scored two goals in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final
Zinedine Zidane may have ended his career with a shocking incident, but his legacy will live on as one of the greatest players of all time.