Today, One of the Greatest Footballers of All Time Turns 40. Happy Birthday Zizu23 Jun 2012 1 Comment
On June 23rd 1972 Zinedine Yazid Zidane was born in Marseille, France to Smaïl and Malika, 2 Algerian immigrants who left Algeria in 1953 to settle in Paris.
Being spotted at the age 14 by an AS Cannes scout who jumpstarted his professional career. In total, Zidane played for 4 professional football clubs. Started in Cannes and then transferred to Bordeaux at the age of 20. Where he had just one trophy to claim with his club, the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995.
He then was signed by Juventus in 1996 for ₤3 million GBP At the age of 24, that was Zidane’s first international club and there he won the Serie A (twice), Italian Super Cup, UEFA Champions League (twice), UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
But Zidane wasn’t done yet, he then signed with Real Madrid at what then was the highest ever transfer fee. ₤48 million GBP. Where he also help his team win the La Liga, Spanish Super Cup (twice), UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.
Zidane’s brilliance also helped France win the World Cup in 1998 and almost did it a seconded time after coming back from retirement in 2006 if it wasn’t for that unfortunate incident the marked the end of his footballing career.
The Maestro also has a number of individual awards:
Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year – 1994
Ligue 1 Player of the Year – 1996
Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year – 1997, 2001
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year – 1998
FIFA World Cup Final Man of the Match – 1998
World Soccer Awards Player of the Year – 1998
Ballon D’or – 1998
L’Équipe Champion of Champions – 1998
French Player of the Year – 1998, 2002
Onze d’Or – 1998, 2000, 2001
FIFA World Player of the Year – 1998, 2000, 2003
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team – 1998, 2006
ESM Season XI: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
World Soccer 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century – 1999
UEFA Euro Player of the Tournament – 2000
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament – 2000, 2004
Serie A Footballer of the Year – 2001
UEFA Team of the Year – 2001, 2002, 2003
UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match – 2002
La Liga Best Foreign Player – 2002
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year – 2002
FIFA World Cup Dream Team – 2002
FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers – 2004
UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years – 2004
FIFPro World XI All-Star Team – 2005, 2006
IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker – 2006
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball – 2006
UNFP Honorary Award – 2007
Marca Leyenda Award – 2008
Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – 2011
UEFA Champions League Best Player of the Past 20 Years – 2011
Here is a brief video showing Zidane’s football career.
And another video of pure skill.
Happy birthday you magnificent bastard.