I think it is okay to refer Zidane as the Greatest Of All Time, as a player and as a coach, looking at his career as a player and now as a manager, let us take a peep, but before then who is Zidane? Zinedine Yazid Zidane was born 23 June 1972, nicknamed “Zizou“, he is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid. Zidane was born in La Castellane, Marseille in Southern France, by African parents who hale from ‘Aguemoune Ath Slimane’ in Algeria , his parents migrated to Paris in 1953 to settle before the Algerian war in 1954.
He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid. An elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll in 2004. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
At the age of 17, Zidane met his future wife, Véronique Fernández (born in Aveyron of Spanish descent), while playing for Cannes in the 1988–89 season. He married her in 1994, they have four sons: Enzo Alan Zidane Fernández (born 24 March 1995), Luca Zinedine Zidane Fernández (born 13 May 1998), Theo Zidane Fernández (born 18 May 2002) and Elyaz Zidane Fernández (born 26 December 2005). Enzo is a midfielder for Deportivo Alavés, Luca is a third-choice goalkeeper for Real Madrid, Theo (midfielder) is in Cadete A and Elyaz (midfielder) in Infantil B for Real Madrid Academy
As a player at club level, Zidane won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, two Serie A league championships with Juventus and an Intercontinental Cup and a UEFA Super Cup each with both aforementioned teams. His 2001 transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid set a world record fee of €77.5 million. His left-foot volleyed winner in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final is considered to be one of the greatest goals in the competition’s history. On the international stage with France, Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice in the final and being named to the All-Star Team, and the UEFA Euro 2000 where he was named Player of the Tournament. The World Cup triumph made him a national hero in France, and he received the Légion d’honneur in 1998.
Zidane was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d’Or. He was Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001 and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé. Zidane received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup, despite his infamous sending off in the final against Italy for head-butting Marco Materazzi in the chest. Prior to the World Cup, he announced he would retire at the end of the tournament. He retired as the fourth-most capped player in France history.
After retirement, Zidane became assistant coach at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti for the 2013–14 season. After a successful year in which the club won the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey, Zidane became the coach of Real Madrid’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla. In 2010, Zidane was an ambassador for Qatar‘s successful bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first Arab country to host the tournament. Zidane is currently the manager of Real Madrid, taking over the position in January 2016. In his first two seasons as manager, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League title twice, a La Liga title, a Supercopa de España title, the UEFA Super Cup twice and a FIFA Club World Cup.
For years, the general line was that Marco Materazzi had insulted Zidane’s mother, which caused him to fly off the handle and land the Italian defender an ugly head-butt in the 2006 World cup Final. Materazzi never confirmed that, but also never clarified what he did say.
This year, the 10th anniversary of the match, Materazzi — who is writing a book about his life — finally came clean.
It wasn’t Zidane’s mother he spoke about. It was Zidane’s sister.
“What I said was stupid,” Materazzi told L’Equipe, “but it didn’t deserve that reaction.
“You would hear stronger words said on the streets of Naples, or Milan, or Paris, much more serious things.”
The most common version of events until now has been that Materazzi insulted Zidane’s mother but the Italian denies that this was the case.
“My mother died when I was 15, I would never have insulted his.
“I spoke about his sister.”
AWARDS AND TITLES WON AS A PLAYER:
Bordeaux: UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1995 Juventus: Serie A: 1996–97, 1997–98 Supercoppa Italiana: 1997 UEFA Super Cup: 1996 Intercontinental Cup: 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999 Real Madrid: La Liga: 2002–03 Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003 UEFA Champions League: 2001–02 UEFA Super Cup: 2002 Intercontinental Cup: 2002
AWARDS AND TITLES WON AS A MANAGER:
Supercopa de España: 2017
UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17
UEFA Super Cup: 2016, 2017
FIFA Club World Cup: 2016, 2017
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS AND RECORDS:
Player: Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year – 1994 Ligue 1 Player of the Year – 1996 Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year – 1997, 2001 Ballon d’Or – Bronze award 1997 FIFA World Player of the Year – Bronze award 1997, 2002 Onze d’Argent – 1997, 2002, 2003 ESM Team of the Year – 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04 UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year – 1998 L’Équipe Champion of Champions: 1998 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team – 1998, 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Man of the Match – 1998 World Soccer Awards Player of the Year – 1998 French Player of the Year – 1998, 2002Onze d’Or – 1998, 2000, 2001Ballon d’Or – 1998 FIFA World Player of the Year – 1998, 2000, 2003 FIFA XI – 1998 El País European Player of the Year – 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 Onze de Bronze – 1999World Soccer’s Selection of the 100 Greatest Footballers of the 20th century – 1999 Ballon d’Or – Silver award 2000 UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament – 2000UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament – 2000, 2004 Serie A Top Assist-provider: 2000–01 Serie A Footballer of the Year – 2001 UEFA Team of the Year – 2001, 2002, 2003UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match – 2002La Liga Best Foreign Player – 2002UEFA Club Footballer of the Year – 2002 FIFA World Cup Dream Team – 2002 FIFA 100 –
2004 UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years – 2004 FIFA FIFPro World XI – 2005, 2006 IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker – 2006 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball – 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver award 2006 UNFP Honorary Award – 2007Marca Leyenda Award – 2008 Golden Foot Legend Award – 2008 ESPN Team of the Decade – 2009 ESPN Player of the Decade – 2009 Sports Illustrated Player of the Decade – 2009 Don Balón Team of the Decade – 2010 Don Balón Player of the Decade – 2010 Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – 2011 UEFA team of teams – 2011UEFA Champions League Best
Player of the Past 20 Years – 2011 Équipe type spéciale 20 ans des trophées UNFP – 2011 Real Madrid Greatest ever XI – 2012 World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time – 2013 Real Madrid Hall of fame – 2014 UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute) – 2015 UEFA Euro All Time XI – 2016 Manager La Liga
Manager of the Month – April 2016, May 2017 UEFA La Liga Team Revelation of the Year – 2016 UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI – 2016 IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach – Runner-up – 2016 Best FIFA Men’s Coach – Runner-up – 2016 French Manager of the Year by France Football – 2016 Le Buteur Coach of the Year – 2017 UEFA La Liga Team of the Year – 2017 France Football Champions League Team of the Year – 2017 Onze d’Or Coach of the Year – 2016–17
The most expensive footballer in history: 2001–2009 Oldest player to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 34 years and 17 days Oldest goal scorer in a FIFA World Cup Final Match: 34 years and 17 days Most goals scored in FIFA World Cup Final matches: 3 goals (shared with Pelé, Vavá and Geoff Hurst) Most FIFA World Cup Final matches scored in: 2 matches (shared with Pelé, Vavá and Paul Breitner) Most red cards received in FIFA World Cup matches: 2 (shared with Rigobert Song from Cameroon)Most Onze d’Or awards: 7 in total Most FIFA World Player of the Year awards: 6 in total Best winning streak in the history of La Liga: 16 games (shared with Pep Guardiola)Longest unbeaten run in Real Madrid history: 40 games Longest unbeaten run in Spanish football: 40 games First French manager, except the French-Argentinian Helenio Herrera, to win UEFA Champions League: 2015–16 Longest scoring run (all major competitions) in European football: 68 games (ongoing) Only manager in history to win 2 consecutive UEFA Champions League trophies in its modern format Only manager in Real Madrid history to win 4 trophies in one season Only manager in Real Madrid history to win the UEFA Super Cup twice Quickest manager in the history of the Top 5 Leagues to win 7 titles with a single club (19 months). And currently the only manager to win 5 titles for a club, Real Madrid, in a calendar year.