Zinedine Yazid Zidane is a former French international football player who used to feature prominently during the 1990s and 2000s. He played as a player and is regarded as one of the greatest ever footballer and the best ever French footballer. He won the World Cup with France in 1998 and the UEFA Champions League with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid in 2002. Zidane also won the FIFA World Player of the Year three times and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1998. He was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Zinedine Zidane is of Algerian origin and made his debut for French side AS Cannes in 1988. He played for them until 1992, scoring 6 goals in 61 league matches. He was then signed by Bordeaux in 1992 and after playing for them until 1996, he moved to Juventus for 3 million pounds.
Zidane established himself as a world class footballer in Italy and went onto win the scudetto in the 1996-1997 season but lost in the final of the UEFA Champions League that season. He was instrumental in Juventus winning the scudetto in 1997-1998 and also led the club to the final of the UEFA Champions Leagueonly to lost to Real Madrid.
In the summer of 2001 Zinedine Zidane was signed by Real Madrid for 76 million euros in what still is the most expensive football transfer in history. He was signed on a four-year contract. Zidane won the UEFA Champions League in his debut season, beating Bayern Leverkusen in the final. He actually scored the winner in the final with an exceptional volley.
Zidane went onto win the Spanish league title with Real Madrid in the 2002-2003 season. He played for the Spanish giants until the end of the 2005-2006 season, scoring 37 goals in 155 league matches.
Zinedine Zidane made his international debut for France in 1994 and went onto feature in 109 international matches for is nation, scoring 31 goals. He was instrumental in France winning the World Cup in 1998 but had a disappointing 2002 World Cup campaign. Zidane also won Euro 2000 with France.
Zidane was instrumental in France reaching the final of the 2006 World Cup. He scored in the final against Italy from the penalty, becoming only the fourth player in World Cup history to score in two different finals. But he was sent off in the 110th minute of the match after he headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi. That was Zidane’s final game of his career.