Stunner for Bordeaux
Zidane began his career with Cannes before moving on to Bordeaux. During the 1995/96 season, the French team finished second in the UEFA Cup behind Bayern Munich. They did, though, experience a shock in the third round of the competition. They faced Real Betis in the first leg, which they easily won 2-0 at home. And, despite losing the second game 2-1, they did enough to win. Zidane’s goal in the second leg was pivotal for his team. The goalkeeper threw the ball up field in the third minute of the match, which was passed on. Zidane let the ball bounce once before deciding to go for it, having previously considered his choices. His left-footed (yes, his left foot) strike from around 40 yards out flew over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net, sparking wild celebrations from his teammates.
Masterclass vs Ajax
Zidane’s performance for Juventus against Ajax in the 1997 Champions League semi-final was absolutely amazing. The Bianconeri came into the match with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, but Attilio Lombardo headed home an inch-perfect corner from Zidane after 34 minutes to increase their lead. Juve immediately made 2-0 until Ajax pulled one back. The ever-elegant Frenchman, though, worked his spell once more. He slid by his opponent and raced into the box with the ball sticking to his feet. And time seemed to slow down as he waited…and waited…for the perfect moment to cut the ball back for Nicola Amoruso to tap in. Two assists and overall world-class performance, nutmegging and flicking the ball past opponents who had no idea how to stop him. To finish off the performance, he scored by taking the ball around the goalkeeper and slotting home.
Zinedine Zidane is the first man in history to win both a Ballon d’Or and best coach award. Zidane really got off to a sluggish start at Juventus, playing in a deep-lying midfielder position. However, he quickly regained his feet, going somewhat higher up the pitch to have a greater influence on the game. He won the Intercontinental Cup, Super Cup, and Serie A in his debut season with the Bianconeri. The next season, the Italian giants successfully defended their title, although they were unable to win the Champions League. During this period, Zidane had established himself as one of the world’s top players, capable of accomplishing the seemingly impossible. With his World Cup triumph with France, he won the Ballon d’Or and was voted FIFA World Player of the Year.
The goal in 2002 UCL Final
The brilliant artist, Zinedine Zidane, scored a masterpiece. In the 45th minute of the contest, Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow witnessed an incredible goal. A piece of pure art that rattled the Hampden Park stadium. Zidane’s left-footed volley was, is, and always will be beyond reason and belief. He got a high cross from Roberto Carlos, who specialized in putting in high crosses, and converted it superbly for a spectacular goal.
Taking up the role of Special Advisor for Real Madrid
This was a game changer in Zidane’s post-playing career since he frequently travelled with the first squad and was able to attend training sessions. This decision is thought to have been taken in reaction to a request made by then-manager Jose Mourinho, who wanted Zidane to work more closely with the players. Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid’s new sports director was announced in July 2011.
Beating Barcelona 2-1
Barcelona’s 39-game undefeated streak came to an end with Zinedine Zidane’s first el clásico as manager. This victory was critical for Zidane since Real Madrid was behind by one goal, but they rallied in Camp Nou, and Ronaldo scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute. The essential thing to remember about Zidane’s team was that they never gave up, even when they were down by one player. They persisted and were rewarded when Ronaldo stepped up to finish past Bravo to win it for Zidane.
Winning UCL for the 3rd time
It was not easy to defeat Klopp’s Liverpool 3-1. Despite this, mission impossible was achieved because of Salah’s injury, Karius’ error, and Zidane’s offensive approach. Zidane has become the first manager in history to win this title three years in a row, and he also became one of three managers in history to win the UEFA Champions League three times, joining Sir Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti.
Won 11 titles
He has won 3 Champions Leagues, 2 Club World Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 2 Spanish Leagues and 2 Spanish Super Cups.