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Two years later the FIFA World Cup “FRANCE 98” triumph, Zinedine Zidane won Euro 2000. France became the first team to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974. Zidane finished with two goals, a memorable bending free kick against Spain in the quarter-final and the golden goal in the semi-final against Portugal by way of a penalty, and was named Player of the Tournament by UEFA.
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Many authoritative voices have acclaimed Zidane’s skills and importance in the history of football, such as Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who called Zidane “a monster” for his performance and abilities. German coach Franz Beckenbauer stated, “Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player.” Former England manager Kevin Keegan said, “You look at Zidane and think ‘I’ve never seen a player quite like that.’ Diego Maradona was a great player. Johan Cruyff was a great player. They were different — but with similarities. What sets Zidane apart is the way he manipulates a football, buying himself space that isn’t there. Add his vision and it makes him very special.” At the 1998 World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Maldini said, “I would give up five players to have Zidane in my squad.”
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These Zinedine Zidane boots are one of the rarest pair ever. The first reason is because of the custom tongue. It doesn’t have regular player’s name on but it has “ZZ” embroidered on, in Zorro’s style, that was a very special and limited customization exclusively released for the player. The second reason is the soleplate. This boots has the HG soleplate that is actually the rarest Adidas Predator Mania’s one. The HG (Hard Ground) sole, was the same as the FG, except that the studs were black instead of red and were joined up and more robust with the boots intended to be used on third generation and synthetic surfaces.
“Technically, I think he is the king of what’s fundamental in the game — control and passing. I don’t think anyone can match him when it comes to controlling or receiving the ball” Michel Platini
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Zinedine Zidane while he was playing with these kind of boots was usual to have some tape on heels. It shouldn’t be a blister’s issue since he used the tape for years. And we don’t think Adidas was making uncomfortable boots for the player. Maybe a ritual to ward off bad luck?
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Zidane has been named FIFA World Player of the Year three times, a feat achieved only by Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2002, ESPN described Zidane as “the greatest player in the world in the world’s biggest game”. In a 2002 FIFA poll, Zidane was selected in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. In 2004, he was voted UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. When uefa.com asked players, journalists and their users to crown the best player in the UEFA Champions League of the past 20 years, in 2011, Zidane topped the poll ahead of Messi. In a 2004 poll conducted by French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, Zidane was voted as “the most popular Frenchman of all time”. In 2014, in a poll carried out by French TV channel TF1, Zidane was voted as the best player in the history of the French league ahead of other French football legends, such as Michel Platini and Raymond Kopa. In 2016, in a study led by French newspaper Le Parisien, Zidane was named “best French player of all time”.Displaying skills with an array of moves such as his signature La Roulette pirouette, step overs and close ball control, former Brazilian international Rivaldo enjoyed watching Zidane more than any other player, stating, “His elegance of movement on the pitch and his skills are uncanny.” Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso opined, “What he could do with a football is a dream for most of us.” In 2005, upon Zidane’s return to the French national team, his teammate Thierry Henry stated, “In France, everybody realized that God exists, and that he is back in the French international team. God is back, there is little left to say.” Zidane has been lauded by sportsmen outside football; having witnessed Zidane’s goal against Deportivo La Coruña in January 2002, where he dragged the ball right then left, turning the defender inside out, before scoring with a left foot finish, basketball player Magic Johnson stated, “One of the most inspiring nights of my life. Zidane is a phenomenon.”