Zidane, the terrible confidence

On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Zinedine Zidane revisited his career in a large format of Téléfoot. The former number 10 of the Blues made a secret: there might have been a way to prevent him from breaking out in the final of the 2006 World Cup.

It was an unmissable event for lovers of Zinedine Zidane. This Sunday morning, Téléfoot devoted a large format to the former number 10 of the Blues on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

The opportunity for Zizou, who had responded favorably to the call from TF1, to come back to the strongest moments of his career. The most beautiful, of course, like his goals in the 1998 World Cup final or his legendary volley in the 2002 Champions League final. But the darkest, too, with the unmissable 2006 World Cup final.

Not that Zinedine…

His last career game, Zidane started it with a brilliant panenka against Gianluigi Buffon before finishing it on a whim, struck at Marco Materazzi, which earned him a red card. Téléfoot has chosen not to rebroadcast the image of this bad gesture, and is content with the moments that followed, and the words as fair as they are unforgettable from commentator Thierry Gilardi: “Not that Zinedine, not now, not after all that has done…”

Zidane” in an extreme emotional state”

The Zidane of 2006 has dark eyes, and it is Bixente Lizarazu who speaks first in the report. “He was in an extreme emotional state, because it was his last game, because it was his last competition, because after that he was going to stop playing football”, observes Zidane’s former team-mate and great friend. “Liza” makes this terrible confidence: “We would have been able to feel it, to defuse it. It doesn’t change his legend, but I wish I was there to help him. »

“We cannot redo the past”

Could the presence at his side of Lizarazu, who had stopped the Blues after 2004, have changed the course of history? Zidane thinks so. “Bixente is the only one who could have contained me, believes Zidane. And yes, he would have been important that night, if he had been by my side, even if you can’t redo the past anyway. »

“I’m not proud of what I’ve done, but it’s part of my journey, adds Zidane. In a person’s life, not everything is done perfectly. I had complicated moments. » This is one.


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