Legend: Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane  actions in the field often in conflict with its serene character. Prone to moments of anger – at least not his infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup 2006 – Zidane will be remembered for the sublime and the ridiculous. 

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Three times FIFA World Player of the Year, ‘Zizou’ orchestrated play for Juventus for five seasons before becoming the world’s most expensive player when Real Madrid in 2001. 

This would become an integral part of project Florentino Perez, president of galaxies, which appear in the same stellar line-up as David Beckham, Luis Figo and Ronaldo. 

A player with perfect balance, subtle and wonderful vision ability, Zidane is considered one of the best who ever stepped on a pitch. 

The facts: 

Name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane 

Nationality: French 

Date and Place of Birth: June 23, 1972 in Marseille, France

Position: Playmaker 

Clubs: Cannes (1988-1992), Bordeaux (1992-1996), Juventus (1996-2001), Real Madrid (2001-2006) 

International career: 1994-2006 (108 caps, 31 goals) 

The early years: 

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The son of Algerian immigrants, Zidane a 14 years old, was discovered by a scout playing in a tournament Cannes youth. He was invited for a test, which became a four-year stay. 

After making his debut at age 17, scored his first goal on February 8, 1991, and was rewarded for this feat with a car. He helped them qualify for the UEFA Cup this season. 

Bordeaux Zidane signed in 1992 and his time at the club saw him win the 1995 Intertoto Cup and finishing runner-up help in the UEFA Cup 1995-96. He scored 10 goals in the first of his four seasons, and six in each of the following three. 

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