Zinedine Zidane's incredible career ended in incredible fashion – sent off in the 2006 World Cup final for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi.
He was a technically flawless player with balance, vision and grace always to the fore. Adept off both feet, Zidane scored a breathtaking volley with his weaker foot to win Real the Champions League in 2002.
He was the brightest star in Madrid's team of Galacticos and brought his outstanding club form to the international stage, scoring two goals in France's 1998 World Cup final triumph over Brazil and then helping Les Bleus to Euro 2000 glory.
The 2006 debacle with Materazzi marked the end of Zidane's professional career. But he left with no regrets, saying that he could never have lived with himself if he'd been allowed to stay on the pitch and help France to victory.
For that, and his elegant mastery of The Beautiful Game, 'Zizou' deserves to be remembered as one of Football's greatest ever players.
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