Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Legend, the god, the Maestro at 40. Who is Zinedine Zidane?

The Legend at 40...
In my illustrious life of football, very few footballers have got me standing and glaring at my HD screen the way Zinedine Zidane does. I do not know why Messi with all  his record-breaking feats does not really appeal to me as a classy footballer. Guess it his one-styled technique that does irritate me a lot, but he has all the medals and trophies to his name, so what can I say: Guess he's a class act after all. Talk of touch, elegance, vision and grace and then you are talking Zinedine Zidane. The only player that compares to him in this modern times with the same technique and ball-glued-to-feet meander is Spain's Andres Iniesta. That boy has me reaching footballing orgasm anytime his leg adorns the round leather. On this day, that France go head to head with Spain in order to book a place in the semis of Europe's most prestigious tournament, no other gift would suit better for the legend at 40 other than a win against the "Spanish computer tiki-takas". In a world where gay people are gradually gaining approval, I guess saying I love Zizou aint that a taboo after all. (Hey gay dudes, watch out, Christ coming lock up your waste bin).


Next Generation Zizouees?

In a vastly successful career spanning 18 years, during which he spent time with Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and finally Real Madrid, Zidane was the leader of a generation of dazzling French talent which fulfilled their potential in 1998 and also at the Euros in 2000. Forget the infamous headbutt at the finals in 2006 (I would have probably punched Marco if he said that to me..I'm like Zizou, we both got a lil anger issue), Zidane is one of the finest if not the finest bald-headed "sweet-legged" algerian to ever grace the game. He is class act: world best. 

Testament to that fact is his Fifa World best player awards, not once but on three good occasions:1998, 2000, 2003. It could have been four if Materazzi hadn't visited the devil the night before that final. The man Zidane won pretty much everything there is to win at club level as well, picking up league titles in Spain and Italy, and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid (in which he scored a spectacular volley) along with a host of individual awards.

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