Zinedine Zidane was born in Marseille, France, on June 23, 1972. FIFA World Player of the Year three times
Zidane played for clubs in France, Italy, and Spain before leading France to the 1998 World Cup win. His career came to an abrupt end when he was ejected from the 2006 World Cup final for headbutting an opponent, despite the fact that he is still considered one of the sport’s all-time greats. Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, took over in 2016 and went on to win three Champions League titles in a row.
Zinedine Zidane Childhood
Zidane played for clubs in France, Italy, and Spain, and led France to victory in the 1998 World Cup. His career came to an abrupt end when he was disqualified from the 2006 World Cup final for headbutting an opponent, despite the fact that he is still considered one of the sport’s all-time greats. Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, took over in 2016 and won three Champions League trophies in a row.
Zinedine Zidane Professional Career
At the age of 17, Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes, scoring a goal. In 1992, he moved to Bordeaux, and during the next several years, the offensive midfielder gained a reputation for his outstanding all-around performance. With the ball at his feet, Zinedine Zidane was the epitome of control, apparently knowing when to move past the defense, find a teammate with a precise pass, or rocket a shot towards goal.
In 1996, Zidane joined Juventus F.C. in Italy’s renowned Series A League. The signing increased the club’s profile and expectations, but Zidane proved he was up to the task by leading Juventus to an Italian Super Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, and two Series A crowns in the next two seasons.
Zidane signed with Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of more than $66 million in 2001. The money was well spent, as the Frenchman helped Real Madrid win the coveted UEFA Champions League in his first season and La Liga the following year.
Real Madrid Manager
Zinedine Zidane takes over as manager of Real Madrid’s first team in January 2016. While some questioned how he would perform in front of a demanding owner and fan base, the legend quickly hushed the doubters with his incredible success, becoming the first manager to win two and then three Champions League titles in a row. Before announcing his retirement in May 2018, he guided Real Madrid to two UEFA Super Cups, two FIFA World Club Cups, one Spanish title, and one Spanish Super Cup.
Zidane, on the other hand, was only out of the job for a year, as he returned to manage Real Madrid in March 2019.
In 2004, the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll declared Zidane the finest European soccer player of the past 50 years, and he was named to Pelé’s FIFA 100 list of the 125 greatest living players. He is one of only a few players in history to win the FIFA World Player of the Year/Ballon d’Or three times.
Since being named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in March 2001, Zidane has led a team of soccer luminaries in a charity match against a team led by fellow retired idol and U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo. He was also a prominent spokesman for Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010.