Statue of football legend Zinedine Zidane in Paris

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Do you remember the legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane’s last ever match? It was the 2006 World Cup Final between France and Italy. After full time the score was 1-1, so the game went into extra time.

The extra time also ran out, resulting in a penalty shoot-out, but before that something really odd happened. Suddenly, Zinedine Zidane, who had already announced that he would retire as a professional player after this match, violently head-butted Italian player Marco Materazzi in the chest, causing him to fall down. Of course, Zidane got the red card and was sent off the pitch, and Italy went on to win the penalty shoot-out and thus the World Cup.

I hadn’t thought about this for many years, until I suddenly saw the new statue outside the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. It’s really brand new, and as Hannes and I were walking by, a TV crew were there to document it. Zidane is perhaps more legendary than ever, six years after his career ended.

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