Zinedine Zidane is French professional football coach and a former player born on 23 June 1972, In Southern France.
He is the son of Samil and his wife Malika. He has four siblings. all of the elders to him. His father was a warehouseman by profession, his mother was a homemaker.
At the age of 17, He met his future wife Veronique Fernandez. They married in 1994. The couple has been blessed with four sons, Elyaz Zidane Fernandez, Enzo Fernandez, Luca Zinedine Zidane Fernandez, and Theo Zidane. They all are the member of the Real Madrid Academy.
Young Zidane had been presented to the game of football at the tender age of five. Onward with the neighborhood children, He had played the game at the Place Tartane, which had been the main square of the housing complex. His professional debut had been with Cannes in the Ligue 1 match against Nantes on May 18, 1989. After two years in 1991, He scored his first goal against the same opponent and securing his team with 2 – 1 win. Later in 1996, Zidane had moved to UEFA Champions League winners Juventus for a huge £3.2 million. Juventus not only recorded a win in the 1996-97 Serie A but had also brought home the Intercontinental Cup. Zidane’s first stint at the international level of football was not as a Top Eleven for France but as a substitute in a friendly match against the Czech Republic. However, His entry had been the saving address for the team as he recovered France from the 2-0 defeat to a 2-2 draw, scoring twice. Zidane’s first appearance at the FIFA World Cup was in the year 1998. Throughout the tournament, Zidane showed hope and character. Two years later, France won the Euro 2000, thus becoming the first ever nation to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974. Zidane, once again, was the hero of the tournament as he finished with two goals, one at the quarter-final against Spain and the golden goal in the semi-final against Portugal. Euro 2004 had been reportedly Zidane’s last tournament as he had appointed to retire thereafter. France topped their group with wins over England and Switzerland, before losing to Greece by 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Under Zidane’s captaincy, France showed spark and character, as the team slowly defeated its opponents to reach the quarter-finals against Brazil. France defeated Brazil 1-0. The 2006 FIFA World Cup final against Italy was the last match played by Zidane before his retirement. In 2010, Zidane had served as the high-profile ambassador of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The same year, Zidane became a special advisor for Real Madrid, After a request made by coach for the former Real midfielder to work more closely with the team. Following year, he was made the club’s Sporting Director.
- His nickname is Zizou.
- He is the highest paid footballer.
- He will be the first french manager in the 114-year History of Real Madrid.
Awards and Achievements:
- In 1998, He received the Ballon d’Or award.
- In 1999, He received the FIFA world player of the year award.
- In 2000, he received the FIFA world player of the year award.
- In 2008, He received the Golden Foot Legend award.
- In 2011, He received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement.
What can we learn from Him?
Like Zinedine Zidane, Never settle for second best. Want to be the best you need to be committed as hell and learn to accept your mistakes.