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There are clutch players, and then there's Zinedine Zidane.
Even the French midfielder's final act in football was unforgettable, planting an unapologetic head on the chest of Italy defender Marco Materazzi. That was the 2006 FIFA World Cup final. The finale of a great career.
The image of Zidane trudging past the trophy is as iconic as it is tragic. But Zizou came up big for his country plenty of times. His brace won it on home soil in 1998. He steered Les Bleus to Euro glory in 2000. And it was he who dragged France to the 2006 final in Berlin. And who could forget that UEFA Champions League final strike against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002?
The man for the big occasion? Certainly.
In the second episode of You, me and…, Football Whispers' nostalgic look back at greats of 90s football, we reflect on the career of Zidane. Via Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid and France, we recall the highs, lows, genius and petulance of an icon.
Host Tom Bodell is joined by freelance journalist Ryan Baldi and author of The Next Big Thing: How Football's Wonderkids Lose Their Way to revel in the quiet brilliance of Zidane.
Click here to listen to the first episode of You, me and… focusing on Ronaldo Nazário.