Thursday, September 27, 2012

Is He the Best French Footballer of All Time?

LiveSportsWire.com brings you live breaking sports news as well as famous sports features. This Zidane highlight reel showcases the incredible talent of France’s best player in the country’s soccer history, Zinedine Zidane. “Zizou” is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time.

On September 27, 2012, the city of Paris unveiled a 5-meter Zidane statue immortalizing Zizou's famous head-butt against Marco Materazzi that marked the end of his career.

Zidane was voted as FIFA World Player of the Year on three occasions (1998, 2000 and 2003), a feat matched only by his former Real Madrid team mate Ronaldo, and also won the Ballon d'Or in 1998. Zidane retired from professional football after the 2006 World Cup.

In 2004, Forbes magazine named him the 42nd-highest paid athlete in the world, with earnings of US$15.8 million a year. In November 2006, Zidane toured Bangladesh as the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. He also visited the Algerian birthplace of his parents, and met personally with Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who gave him an official reception.

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