We all remember Zidane for his headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final. Before that, he was remembered for his astounding performance against Brazil in the final of the 1998 World Cup.
In that game, he scored two goals to lead Les Blues to a rampant 3-0 win against Brazil. Many know this. However, what many don’t know is that the two goals he scored were—and still remains—the only two goals that he ever scored against South American nations on an international level.
It’s quite a strange fact given that his career spanned for over a decade and had quite a few encounters against Latin teams. However, those two goals were perhaps the most important ones he ever scored.
Zidane might look like one of the calmest persons on the planet, but that is far from the truth. He was notorious for his fiery temper—something that, according to some, cost him another World Cup winners medal.
As an Algerian immigrant growing up in France, he was constantly made the subject of racial slurs and mockery about his ghetto origins. And he rarely turned a deaf ear to them.
When he first joined Cannes, he spent most of his initial weeks on cleaning duty as a punishment for punching a player who mocked his surroundings at home. Given Zidane’s trademark of making clean passes, we can safely assume that he had these punishments to thank for!
Continuing the aforementioned point about his reckless behavior, Zidane has another record under his name—something that he would not have liked to have.
As he was playing in his second ever World Cup game against Saudi Arabia in 1998, the French-Algerian displayed another one of his fits as he stamped on Saudi player Fuad Anwar. It didn’t go unnoticed as the referee produced a straight red card for Zidane’s defiant act, making him the first ever French player to be sent off after receiving a red card in a World Cup game.
In the end, he made up for it as his two goals in the final of that tournament gave France her first ever World Cup trophy.
Zinedine Zidane made his debut for Cannes at a mere age of 16. The club’s president was so fond of his crown jewel that he promised him a car as a gift when he scored his first goal at the club.
And he had to wait two years to get his hand on a brand new car.
On 10th of February 1991, he scored his first ever competitive goal against Nantes in a match which was narrowly won by Cannes by 2 goals to 1.
It was the first of many goals he went on to score in his professional career. He might not have that many goals as one would expect from an attacking midfielder. However, there is a claim that he hated being inside the opponent’s box and just loved to feed the strikers instead.