Zidane is glad he was sent off in 2006 World Cup final


France legend Zinedine Zidane claims he “could never have lived with himself” had Italy lost the World Cup in 2006 following his headbutt against Marco Materazzi in the final.

Zidane was redcarded for head-butting Materazzi in the 2006 final, the last match of his career, which Italy won 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The former Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid ace claims he is happy with the outcome of the incident when he was shown his marching orders in the Berlin final. Zidane says he would never have been able to live normally had Les Bleus lifted the FIFA trophy following his act of violence.

“It was good that the incident ended this way. [Gianluigi] Buffon was right to signal to the linesman what had happened because what I did was not very nice,” Zidane told France Football magazine.

“Honestly I don’t know how I could have lived with myself with this weight on my conscience had I stayed on the pitch and France won the World Cup. I would have felt bad this is for sure.

“It would have been difficult to have lived with this gesture had France become World Champions.”

Zidane, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998, thought there had been an overreaction to Thierry Henry’s handball that led to France beating Ireland in November and securing a place in the 2010 World Cup.

“Many people outside football got involved, people who love you when you lift trophies and let you donw when things go wrong. I’m certain Henry is not proud of his gesture.”

5 Responses to Zidane is glad he was sent off in 2006 World Cup final

  1. nonsense, there have been far greater players than Zidane and Pele..
    Cruijff, Platini, Van Basten, Maradona.. just naming a few.
    Zidane and Pele or among those, but not necessarily the greatest.

    Anyway, I guess everybody has the right to an opinion.
    with a World Cup at stake though, I think it was a very stupid thing to do.. just get even after the match…?!

  2. Rather bizarre statement by The Legend. I’m quite sure that he would have figured a way to live with himself just fine since winning it all for France would have been sweet retribution to his head butt victim. It was tragic given how France had so thoroughly dominated Italy that entire game, and his ejection broke so many hearts praying for the fairytale ending for the greatest footballer since Pele. Thanks for the memories Zizou!

  3. I really like Zidane as a player… I think headbutt wasn’t the most intelligent thing to do. Winning the cup for France was far more important…

  4. Zizou, Serbia loves you for that headbutt. Death before dishonor. One of the greatest things the sport has ever witnessed. Thank You for the memories!!! We love you!!!

  5. I appreciate you for the truly amazing write-up. Together with the world cup coming about you’re starting to find significantly better discussions on sports around the globe. Keep writing please. The web needs it.

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