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Zinédine Zidane (born June 23, 1972, in Marseille, France),
nicknamed Zizou, is a football player for Real Madrid and
formerly France. He is a Muslim of Algerian kabyle Berber ethnic
origin. Through his status as a prominent Frenchman of Arabic
descent, he promotes racial and religious tolerance, especially
among the youth.
He was a member of the French football team in the 1998 Football
World Cup, which France won, scoring two goals in the final
against Brazil. He has been elected three times as FIFA World
Player of the Year (1998, 2000, 2003). Zidane is often
considered to be the best footballer in the world, and perhaps
one of the most talented players of all time. An elegant
dribbler of the ball, Zidane's passing ability and perfect
balance make him the natural successor of France's Michel
In an interview he declared that when he was a teenager, Zidane
admired Olympique de Marseille's Uruguayan striker Enzo
Francescoli. He once was a ballboy at a match with Francescoli
and thus saw him up close.
In 2001 Zidane transferred from Italian team Juventus to Spanish
club side Real Madrid on a four-year contract. The transfer fee
was US$64.45 million, making him the most expensive player in
football history. While Zidane initially took a while to settle
in among the superstars of Madrid, the season culminated in him
scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win over the German team Bayer
Leverkusen in the 2001-2002 Champions League Final.
Injuries prevented him from reprising his 1998 performance in
the 2002 Football World Cup. France's defence of their trophy
was one of the most unsuccessful in World Cup history, the team
being eliminated in the First Round without scoring a single
Zidane is well-liked in France, and is known to be a modest,
quiet, even to the point of being shy, footballer. He is married
to a French woman of Spanish descent and has three children. As
a Guardian feature article says, however, Zidane has also
occasional flashes of aggression on the pitch.
In 2004, Zidane was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125
greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's
centenary celebrations. In 2004, he was also voted the best
European player for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee
He was an Athens 2004 Torchbearer.
On August 12, 2004 Zidane retired from international football.
He announced on February 4, 2005 that he would retire from the
game at the end of his current contract with Real Madrid, at the
end of the 2006/07 season.