Zinedine Zidane Profile
|Born||Jun 23, 1972|
|Birthplace||La Castellane, France|
Zinedine Zidane has transitioned from being one of the world's very best players to becoming one of the most decorated managers in the current soccer world. He'll be hoping to add to his trophy haul.
Zinedine Zidane is a former soccer player who currently manages Real Madrid. As an attacking midfielder, 'Zizou' is widely thought of as one of the best players of all-time. His magical ability with the ball mixed with his vision and execution helped him become one of the most successful players in world soccer.
As a player and a manager with Real Madrid, Zidane has won four Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles. He is also a four-time winner of the UEFA Super Cup, while picking up 10 domestic trophies with Los Blancos and Juventus.
He was named FIFA World Player of the Year on three occasions and won the Ballon d'Or in 1998. In a 2004 UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, Zidane was voted the best European soccer player from the last 50 years.
Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup with France, before being named Player of the Tournament as his country won UEFA Euro 2000. He won the same individual award at the 2006 World Cup, despite losing in the final and being shown an infamous red card for a headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
Playing for and managing Real Madrid
Zidane was part of the Galactico era at Real Madrid and his move from Juventus in 2001 set a new world record transfer fee of €75million. Zidane helped his new side lift four trophies within 18 months of joining. His famous winning goal in the Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, a left-footed volley, has gone down as one of the greatest in history. His nine goals and 12 assists helped Real win the La Liga title in his second year at the club, although they were beaten by Zidane's former employers Juventus in the Champions League semifinal.
The next few seasons didn't bring quite as much competition success, but Zidane consistently impressed until his retirement from soccer in 2006. Zidane ended his club career by scoring in his final game at the Bernabeu. He will always be remembered as one of the club's greatest ever players.
Zidane stayed connected with Real Madrid in different capacities, including sporting director and assistant manager before eventually becoming head coach in January 2016. In his first few months in charge, he became only the second man to win the European Cup as a player and manager with Real as they beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years. That victory kick-started a period of European dominance, as Zidane's team went on to win the competition again for the next two seasons.
In his first full campaign in charge, Real Madrid won their first La Liga title in five years. They were also winners of the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Those two trophies were again won in the next campaign, as well as the Spanish Super Cup and the Champions League, but they finished third in the league.
Five days after winning their third consecutive Champions League title, Zidane resigned as head coach.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane's star performer during his time at the Bernabeu, left the club for Juventus after the manager's departure and Real Madrid struggled to reach the standards previously set. After falling well behind in the title race and being knocked out of both the Champions League and Copa del Rey, Zidane returned to replace Santiago Solari.
He brought success back to the Bernabeu, though, in 2019/20 as they beat Barcelona to the La Liga title. However, they couldn't replicate the European success from his first spell in charge as they were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16.
Zidane and Juventus
After being named Ligue 1 Player of the Year while playing for Bordeaux, Zidane completed a move to European champions Juventus in 1996. He took his form in France with him to Italy, as he was named the division's Foreign Footballer of the Year in his first season in Serie A. In that campaign, Juventus won the league title and the Intercontinental Cup, while finishing runners-up in the Champions League.
Zidane's status on the world stage grew significantly during the next campaign as he was named FIFA World Player of the Year, as well as winning the Ballon d'Or award. He again won the league title with Juventus and lost in the Champions League final to Real Madrid. Despite the club finishing runners-up in the league in the next campaign, Zidane was again named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year.
A decorated international career
Zidane came off the bench in a 2004 friendly against the Czech Republic for his first senior cap and the midfielder scored twice to rescue a draw. Zizou's first appearance at a major international competition came at Euro 1996, where he featured in every game as France reached the semi-finals.
Zidane became a national hero in the 1998 World Cup as he was named man of the match in the final against Brazil. He scored twice in the match, helping his nation win their first World Cup trophy. Zidane continued to shine for his country, winning Player of the Tournament as France won Euro 2000.
After being knocked out of the group stages and the quarter-finals of the next World Cup and European Championship respectively, Zidane retired from international football.
He reversed that decision, though, as France were struggling to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. With Zizou as captain, France managed to qualify. He assisted the deciding goal in the quarter-final and scored the winner in the semis, but his impact in the final was very different.
Zidane scored from the penalty spot against Italy, but in extra time, he was shown a red card for a headbutt on Marco Materazzi. France went on to lose the match. Despite this, he was named Player of the Tournament and was still greeted with loyal support on his return to France.
Zidane is a Muslim of Algerian descent. His father, Smail, worked as a warehouseman and his mother, Malika, was a housewife. He has four siblings: Lila, Madjid, Farid and Noureddine.
Zidane met his wife, Veronique Fernandez, at the age of 17 and the pair went on to marry in 1994. They have four children together: Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz. All four play soccer and have been in the Real Madrid academy.
In 2006, Zidane funded the building of a school and training centre in Algeria after an earthquake caused destruction.
In April 2020, the Zinedine Zidane charity foundation donated medical equipment to his hometown in Algeria to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reported net worth
According to reputable magazine French Football, Zinedine Zidane earns €21million a year at Real Madrid.
Zizou's endorsements include Adidas and the pair have collaborated together to create trainers such as the Predator Accelerator TR x Zidane.
He has also been involved with mobile network operator Orange in the past; he was part of their global campaign ahead of UEFA Euro 2016. Zidane was also a brand ambassador for realty developer Kanakia Spaces in 2016.