Quotes on: Zinedine Zidane

“He played like a ‘general’ in midfield. He has technique, tricks, passing and also has an ability to score some of the best goals.” Marco van Basten

“Playing alongside Zidane is like dancing next to Fred Astaire.” — Clive Tyldesley 

While we’re on the topic of Clive Tyldesley, please watch this short video of him commenting on Zidane’s mythical performance for France against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.

“Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player.” Franz Beckenbauer

“When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the 10 other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple. It was magic. He was a unique player. He was more than good, he came from another planet. His team-mates became like him when he was on the pitch.” — Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Thousands have gushed over Zidane's frightening vision on the pitch. Vision that was facilitated by his peerless technique and command of space.
Thousands have gushed over Zidane’s frightening vision on the pitch. Vision that was facilitated by his peerless technique and command of space.

“I don’t think my players would be too upset if I mentioned that I’d like Zidane in our side” . . . “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.” — Kevin Keegan

“He leads the orchestra. But he’s also willing to work – and a dead-ball specialist. That makes him a pretty good player in my book.” — Kevin Keegan

” . . . the most elegant footballer I have ever seen” — Gary Lineker

” . . . Zidane is the leader. He brings a light to the game with his passing and his movement and his skill. And thereby [ . . . ] he commands it.” — Gerard Houllier (quoted from Simon Kuper’s “Soccer Men”)

“He has equal precision and power in both feet. I have never seen anyone else like it except Andreas Brehme.”  — Franz Beckenbauer (quoted from Simon Kuper’s “Soccer Men”)

“We have that spirit because our emblematic player is humble. I think Zidane has obliged each of us to carry ourselves irreproachably on the pitch. [ . . . ] Zidane never throws a dirty look at a player who makes a bad pass. He never neglects to try to win the ball simply because his name is Zidane.” Lilian Thuram (in his autobiography; quoted from Simon Kuper’s “Soccer Men”)

“Zidane achieves on the field what everyone dreams of doing just once. Even if I had trained day and night, I would never have got there.” — Didier Deschamps (quoted from Simon Kuper’s “Soccer Men”)

” . . . speaks only with the ball.” — Jorge Valdano (quoted from Simon Kuper’s “Soccer Men”)

“One of the best two or three footballers I have ever seen was Zinedine Zidane. [ . . . ] To see Zidane in action was to witness poetry in motion. The skills, the vision, the goals . . . he was a sublime performer. When he was at his peak, winning the World Cup, the Champions League and all the rest, he was unquestionably the finest player on the planet.” Paul Scholes (quoted from his autobiography, “Scholes: My story”)

“To see Zidane in action was to witness poetry in motion.” — Paul Scholes

“What a player. Very difficult to play against, someone you can’t get the ball off. You never know where he is. To have played with somebody like that would have been great. If I had to choose somebody, it would be him.” — Paul Scholes (when asked to name one player he would have liked to play with)

“He played the most beautiful football. If there was a painting before Zinedine, it was embellished with his magical paintbrush.” — Juan Pablo Sorin (translated from French)

“For me, he is not a soccer player, he is like a classical musician. When he plays, behind his play, there is, for me, classical music.” — Hidetoshi Nakata

“In my opinion, he is one of the best footballers ever. When he played, everything he did looked so simple, because technically he was a genius. The way he received the ball was fantastic and even though he wasn’t the quickest player, he could still beat his man most of the time. As a defender, you always had to focus 100 percent and not give him any space.” — Jaap Stam (FourFourTwo magazine)

Jaap Stam certainly meant
Jaap Stam certainly meant what he said about not giving Zidane any space.
And this was in a friendly.
And this was in a friendly.

“Zidane, the best player  of the modern era. [ . . . ] He seems to have so much time on the ball and there’s so much to him – dribbling, creativity, passing, scoring [ . . . ] powerful at set-pieces.” — Jamie Carragher (FourFourTwo magazine)

“One player I played against who I would have loved to have on my team was Zidane. Just an elegant, brilliant player, he was big and physical at 6’2″, but had a great touch, used to glide along the floor.” Ryan Giggs

“For me, Zidane is one of the best players I’ve ever played against. His touch is amazing – he can do things with a ball that you’ve never seen before – and he makes it all look so easy. There’s so much creativity there, but he never appears flustered in possession of the ball – that’s a sign of a great player.”  — Ryan Giggs (FourFourTwo magazine)

Giggs was certainly right about Zidane not being
Giggs was certainly right about Zidane not being flustered in possession. He saw first-hand, as Zidane shrugged off an attempted tackle from the Welshman on his way to helping set up Real Madrid’s second goal of the epic Champions League tie at Old Trafford in 2003.

“Unbelievable. The ball just seems to stick to his feet. [ . . . ] he moves so gracefully. Zidane passes the ball exactly as you’d like to receive it and scores every kind of goal. [ . . . ] A real big-game player.” — Teddy Sheringham (FourFourTwo magazine)

“He was one of those players that you watch even when you’re playing against him, because he’s so good. He always seemed to find time on the pitch, whether it’s to control the ball or find a pass. He made it look so easy.” — Ian Wright (FourFourTwo magazine)

“With a ball at his feet, Zidane was a poet.” — Philippe Auclair, renowned French journalist

“He was as elegant as a dancer- he even used the soles of his boots efficiently. Everything was easy for him; he made such movements that if I tried to copy them I would break my legs.” Franco Baresi

“A true artist. What he could do with the ball was incredible. Only Maradona could do the same. Zizou was also a player capable of rising to the occasion at important moments, and deciding games. Remember those two goals in the final against Brazil in 1998? And that fantastic goal in the final of Champions League for Real against Bayer Leverkusen. It was a pity the way he finished his career, but nothing can erase what he did for football.” Marcel Desailly (FourFourTwo magazine)

Marcel Desailly, here seen celebrating France's triumph in the final of the 1998 World Cup with Zidane, has been effusive in his praise for the midfield genius.
Marcel Desailly, here seen celebrating France’s triumph in the final of the 1998 World Cup with Zidane, has been effusive in his praise for the midfield genius.

“He had skill and technical ability that were just out of the ordinary. When it came to control, and especially leading the team, he managed to see and analyze situations quicker than anyone else on the field. Thanks to that [ . . . ] he made the difference.” — Marcel Desailly (translated from French)

“There was no chance of truly finding a way of stopping him. There was no secret against Zidane.” — Marcel Desailly (translated from French)

“Zidane was sublime! At the top of his form. At training it was a great thing to see, he was magic. It was as if everything went into slow motion all around him whenever he had the ball, he seemed to have so much time on the ball. Brilliant!” — Marcel Desailly (speaking about Zidane during Euro 2000)

“Zidane, Zidane, Zidane … France was in the grip of ‘zizoumania’. I never imagined it could grow to such proportions. Sometimes I asked myself if one human could withstand such passion. And did he, in any case, quite resist it? At the start of the tournament we found him a little febrile, more stretched, more demanding than usual, at least on the pitch. That febrility culminated in his expulsion against Saudi Arabia. And after a moment of depression, he reacted like a champion and started to prepare himself for the quarter-final.” — Marcel Desailly, writing in his autobiography about the pressures of being expected to perform at the highest level and carrying the hopes and expectations of an entire nation, and how Zidane eventually rose to the occasion and cemented his place in the history of the sport

“I think he was born with a ball at his feet. I think when the doctor pulled him out, he said “This is weird, there is a ball here..!” This guy could do whatever he wanted. I remember an action during Euro 2000, we were playing against the Czech Republic, and I was playing right behind him. He received the ball and two players tried to put pressure on him, to get to him and win the ball, and he did something only he knows, something with his legs; you can give me 20 years, I will never do it. It was funny because I’ve played with him for 14 years, and I looked at him and thought, “He’s not playing the same football that I’m playing.” It’s just like Messi and Ronaldo; there’s those guys, and then there’s the rest of us.” — Emmanuel Petit

“The best player since Diego Maradona, an amazing talent with great balance, two great feet and a real winning mentality.” — Ossie Ardiles (2006) (FourFourTwo magazine)

” [ . . . ] one of the all-time greatest midfield players.” — Glenn Hoddle

“I don’t need to say anything about Zinedine Zidane. You have seen it all for yourself. The man is a simply brilliant player, who can do anything he wants on the pitch. He can score goals and make them. He is the one player who could play in any team and in any position. I feel lucky to have shared a pitch with him many times.” — Laurent Blanc (FourFourTwo magazine)

“It is a great regret of mine that I never played alongside Zidane, but only played against him. That was hard enough: he was a leader on the pitch, and only looked happy with the ball at his feet. He had everything in his game you could admire, from his free-kicks to his clever passes to his team-mates.” — Gheorghe Hagi (FourFourTwo magazine)

“The best player of the last generation. He would control games, but most importantly, he always performed on the big occasions.” Ruud Gullit (2007) (FourFourTwo magazine)

“A special player. When we look back, he’ll be up there with Maradona and Pele as one of the world’s greats. He’s in that bracket. When you play against a player like that, you have to concentrate all the time because he’s got such great feet around the box, but after the game, you just think, “Wow, what a great player.” It was a privilege to play against him.” — Shay Given (FourFourTwo magazine)

“My Idol was Zinedine Zidane. He was the most perfect player. His technique, shooting and headers, his ability to read games and boss them was fantastic.” — Mesut Ozil (FourFourTwo magazine)

“I always admired [Zinedine] Zidane. He didn’t do tricks for the sake of it. He never wanted to show off. He just played a clever game. He’s the player who decides games. I watched his technique and tried to do that in my game, and a lot of times it worked.” — Mesut Ozil

“He could do magical things using his vision, technique and powerful shot. During games it was impossible to predict his next move. Off the pitch, he was a kind and generous man.” — Andriy Shevchenko (FourFourTwo magazine)

“I was lucky enough to play against him at Euro 2004 and I remember when we were lining up in the tunnel looking over at him and thinking ‘wow.’ It was mad. I remember the game well. We’d gone 1-0 up and done pretty well, but ended up conceding two in the dying seconds, both of which Zidane scored. The first was a free-kick – I remember being sat on the bench [after being substituted] at the time thinking he was going to score when he was lining it up. I just had a feeling about it. France then got a penalty in injury time and he held his nerve to put it away. Those kinds of moments are what set the top players apart from the rest.” Wayne Rooney

“The best player of our generation in my opinion. People talk about the likes of Maradona and Pele, but they were a long time ago and I think Zidane is certainly up there with them.” — Steve McManaman (FourFourTwo magazine)

“People say I never smile when I play but I’ve never seen [Zinedine] Zidane laugh, whether he’s winning or losing, and he’s the greatest there’s been for the last ten years.” — Juan Roman Riquelme

“I remember being on the pitch and thinking this player glides about, cruising through games, hardly breaking a sweat and can do it all. He was 6ft 2in, could pass, tackle, score, head, dribble. Absolute quality player.” — Ray Parlour (FourFourTwo magazine)

“For me, he’s the greatest player of the century. The best player of all time.” — Fabien Barthez

“(He was) the master. It was a real blessing for me to have been able to play alongside him. In training, I remember the first time we started the little games (“rondo”, or man in the middle); sometimes you give a bad ball and you except the guy to be in trouble and go in the middle, but there was no bad ball for Zinedine Zidane. Even when other players would be stressed, the situation would be in slow motion for him, and he had the time to analyze it.” — Florent Malouda

“His style across the pitch, the way he moved, it was on a different level from anyone I’ve ever played with.” — Jonathan Woodgate

“He was my favourite player growing up. The way he moves with the ball, the way he dictates play and creates chances — brilliant. He made unbelievable players look average.” — Ross Barkley

“I watched him a lot when he was playing and you can’t really say too much about him as a player. He was incredible.” — Gareth Bale

“Just a genius. So fast, so strong, got the ball on a string about that long (a foot) from his foot, the ball’s at the end and it never goes further than that, really, it’s always under control, always in his radius.” — Michael Owen

“Just exceptional. I would look back at my career and say (he was) the most talented football player (I played with). Whether he was as effective, whether he had as much influence … he won a World Cup and had some influence in that final. He was just born to play football. When you’re a kid, and you’ve got a ball at the end of a rope, and it never leaves you, he was like that with his touch. When he ran, the ball ran in his stride, he was so classy. (He had) power, he was quick off the mark, so strong, his feet were brilliant. He was so gifted, such a natural football player.” — Michael Owen

“He was beautiful to watch, poetry in motion, so elegant as a footballer, like a ballerina on a football pitch.” — Rio Ferdinand

“I admire him a lot. When I was younger, I was watching his videos, the way he was playing. I love big players, but there are some players who have something extra. On the pitch you have 11 players, in the squad, 22, and you see only one or two. You always see him doing something special, the way he’s playing, it’s beautiful to see. [ . . . ] I was always watching him. The ball was in one place but I was always looking for Zidane.” — Paul Pogba

“He looks like when he plays, he is on his sofa, he’s so relaxed. The technique is amazing, and I’ll always remember the goal he scored in the Champions League (vs Bayer Leverkusen), just amazing.” — Patrice Evra

That goal really is difficult to forget.
That goal really is difficult to forget.

“Zidane, technically, was really the best.” — Carlo Ancelotti

“He would produce one or two pieces of skill that would just make everybody kind of go <gasp!> ” — Sid Lowe

“Zidane was football’s answer to the Bolshoi ballet. I think that’s absolutely true. Zidane was elegance above all else.” — Sid Lowe

“Elegance above all else.”

“At 18, he wasn’t the great Zidane, no. He was already gifted technically, but not strong physically. But technically, he was superb. He had sublime skill, a superb touch, and all the moves.” — Luis Fernandez (translated from French)

“I was really, really convinced that he was going to get where he did. It wasn’t possible for me to think any other way. He had everything: technique, mental strength, he was level-headed, and possessed the ability to question things in order to improve.” — Francois Grenet (translated from French)

“Once or twice in your career, you need that meeting of talent with delivery. That makes, then, the recognition that yes, this guy is exceptional. That is then the marriage of art with mental strength, and Zidane delivered in ’98 in the final.” — Arsene Wenger

“Zidane has an exceptional coordination, an exceptional touch of the ball. Every area three yards around Zidane, you could give him the ball where you wanted. He puts it down and plays.” — Arsene Wenger

“We can see why he was number one. Not only for what he did during matches, but also for what he did during training sessions. I remember seeing him in training, and I said ‘that’s just incredible.'” — Fernando Morientes (translated from Spanish)

“I played with Raul, Luis Figo, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos and many other great players, but Zinedine Zidane was absolutely wonderful. Not only was he full of surprises during games but also in training. I’ve been in many training sessions in which other players have had to stop and applaud him. He did things I had never seen before; there was no other player who was so technically gifted. It was quite a sight to see him train.” — Fernando Morientes

“He did not like to run but he did not understand football without the ball, which is why he was the first one on the pitch giving 100 per cent in order to recover possession as soon as possible.” — Ivan Campo

“For me, it (playing with Zidane) was an honour. Zizou is one of the greatest players I have ever trained and played with. [ . . . ] My strongest memory (of playing with Zidane) is a move that I played a part in against Valladolid. He started outside the area turning two defenders. I made a wall for him and played him through. He could have shot and probably scored, but a defender came out and he turned him with a roulette dribble. The keeper came out, he rounded him, and then fired the ball into the stand. It was the most beautiful goal that never was!” Ronaldo (Luis Nazario de Lima) (translated from Spanish)

“He’s the best player with whom I have ever played with. We had a lot of fun on the pitch.” — Ronaldo (Luis Nazario de Lima)

A contentious claim, some would say, but I believe Zidane and Ronaldo's time at Real Madrid was the first time in the history of the game that the two absolute best active footballers in the world played in the same team for a considerable amount of time. Messi and Xavi followed, but Ronaldo and Zidane will be eternally etched in our collective memory.
A contentious claim, some would say, but I believe Zidane and Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid was the first time in the history of the game that the two absolute best active footballers in the world played in the same team for a considerable amount of time. Messi and Xavi followed, but Ronaldo and Zidane will be eternally etched in our collective memory.

Watch that particular highlight here:

While we’re on the topic of the Brazilian Ronaldo, watch this amazing conversation between him and Zidane, after the former joined Real Madrid in 2002. He really is effusive in his praise for the Frenchman.

“Pele, Zidane, Maradona, di Stefano, the four greatest ever.” — Guillem Balague (in 2007)

“Zidane is one of the best footballers of all time, one of my idols. He had such elegance and grace, a wonderful touch and superb vision.” Ronaldinho

“Simply watching him train inspires me. He is one of the best players in the world. He thinks in one second and does it the next. He is a special player, one who is original and exceptional. He creates space where there is none. Only the very best players can do that. No matter where he gets the ball or how it comes to him, Zidane can get out of trouble. His imagination and his technique are amazing.” — Edgar Davids

“He is the footballer I admire most.” — Edgar Davids

“A very normal guy. I remember guys coming in with their Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis, and Zizou comes in with a Fiat Punto. The aura he had, the way he moved on the pitch was special.” Edwin van der Sar

“The best player was Zinedine Zidane – he was so hard to tackle, so clever with the ball and so fast. He was one of the best.” — Stefan Effenberg

“Zidane is the master. “Over the past 10 years, there’s been no-one like him, he has been the best player in the world.” — Pele (2006)

“He’s a truly great player. The fact that he’s retiring is a great loss for the world of football.” — Kaka (2006)

“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

“I think Zidane is the greatest talent we’ve known in football these last 20 years, yet he never played the prima donna. I am honoured to have been his manager.” — Marcello Lippi (2006)

“The greatest player of the last 20 years? It has to be Zidane. He had everything. You never needed to tell him anything as he did it all by himself and knew what was expected.” — Marcello Lippi

“To train with Zidane for three years was a dream. For me, he is the greatest player of all time.” David Beckham

“Zinedine Zidane is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game. Last time I played against him at Old Trafford he put in one of the best performances I have ever seen at the ground.” — David Beckham

Watch this short video of David Beckham talking about his favourite memories of Zidane from their time together at Real Madrid. Also, watch out for a cameo by Claude Makelele.

“He is the best player I’ve seen. [ . . ] Zizou had something apart. Playing alongside him was a crazy thing! Supporters arrived earlier at the Bernabeu just to see him warm-up!” — Roberto Carlos

“One of the all-time greats, what Zizou could do with a football will be remembered forever. An honour to say I have played with him.” — Roberto Carlos

“As a player, he was phenomenal. He always earned victories, titles and triumphs. That’s Zizou’s mentality.” — Roberto Carlos

I really enjoy watching Zinedine Zidane. His elegance of movement on the pitch and his skills are uncanny. Apart from being an impressive player, he is also very humble and very likeable as a person.” — Rivaldo

“Zinedine Zidane. What he could do with a football is a dream for most of us.” — Xabi Alonso (when asked about his sporting hero)

“He dominates the ball, he is a walking spectacle and he plays as if he had silk gloves on each foot. He makes it worthwhile going to the stadium — he’s one of the best I have ever seen.” Alfredo di Stefano

“I think he’s the player that really has been my favourite for the last few years. Playing against him you realise the man is a real genius as a footballer.” Frank Lampard

“Zidane’s goal in the club’s ninth Champions League win was the goal of a genius, an artist, but I still replay some of his moves in my head. He represents the elegance of a simple hero for Real Madrid.” — Florentino Perez

To cap the effortless brilliance and grace of his game, Zidane was a serial trophy winner, with a World Cup, European Championship, 3 league titles in 2 countries, and 9 other cup competitions. No words can do justice to the shadow he cast over his peers.
To add to the effortless brilliance and grace of his game, Zidane was a serial trophy winner, with a World Cup, European Championship, 3 league titles in 2 countries, and 9 other cup competitions. No words can do justice to the shadow he cast over his peers.

Zidane as a manager

“He has been very successful as a player at Real Madrid even in times of crisis. He knows everything about the club – inside and out. He has the respect of the players, management and supporters. Winning the league is hard to say, but I am sure Real will have a very good season and will play a better football in Zidane’s hands. Zizou has been a leader wherever he has played. He was the captain of France, a World Cup winner and been a winner in all the clubs he played for. So he has enough experience to handle and manage a group. More importantly, he is a man who everyone respects.” — Roberto Carlos

“I’m sure Zidane will win big titles with Madrid. The players need to be a happy team, a team that has fun on the pitch, shows they’re friends, that listen when Zizou talks, that understand what Zizou wants.” — Roberto Carlos

“Does it get any better than this? A man that has been the best at a game we all love taking over a club that myself and many more people love. Someone with drive, passion and (who) also doesn’t accept failure on any level taking over from a manager that has huge experience and respect in the game, but taking on a position that he will relish. The best person for the job.” — David Beckham

“I see shades of Carlo (Ancelotti) in Zidane. He is a very serious person while at work, and good fun outside of it.” Cristiano Ronaldo

“Zizou is a god! I think that some of the problems affecting Real Madrid are going to be solved immediately. You can tell him anything even if you are not playing and you are, for instance, Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale. As a footballer, you can only be happy because he is very approachable and he understands all kinds of situations. Joy in the dressing room is essential to succeed in a top club, and Zidane has brought happiness from the first day.” — Ivan Campo

“The players are going to be much calmer under Zidane. A couple of words will be enough to leave everything clear. It is easier to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale or Karim Benzema to press the rivals if you are Zidane. [ . . . ] If Zidane speaks, you listen. He is going to succeed because the Bernabeu support adore him and he knows what is required for success at the club; communication, respect and calmness inside the dressing room.” — Ivan Campo

“Zidane is the ideal piece and has come at the right time. (He) was a magnificent player and an exemplary partner. He has always been a great guy.” — Francisco Pavon

“Anyone who is a good coach is respected, but Zidane won everything as a player and he can get his message across easier.” — Raul

“It’s an incredible experience. He was one of the best players in the world and to have him as a coach is an honour. He’s now demonstrating that he is a great coach. I’m really enjoying working with him.” — Gareth Bale

“Zidane is an unknown because he does not have any coaching experience, he has been coaching for a year and a half for a team in the third division. But on the other hand, he has the advantage of being a great former player, who has his own experience in how to deal with these kinds of superstars. He already knows how to deal with the dressing room filled with stars because he was in one of them, many players have already worked for him and have a great respect for him.” — Ramon Calderon

“The best thing you can say about Zidane is that he doesn’t have experience, just like when I started coaching or my professional playing career. Zidane has everything you need to be a great coach. He has the ability, charisma, personality and knows football inside-out. He has the profile of a Real Madrid coach. A coach succeeds by working hard to ensure his players give their all. Zidane has that charisma and personality, meaning his players will respond well to him.” — Carlo Ancelotti

“I remember the first time he joined in. I was impressed. My first thought was that he could still be playing because he still had so much quality. He did little things on the pitch that reminded me of the Zidane of old. It was wonderful, really.” — Derik Osede (former Castilla defender)

“We had all watched him as kids and he was an idol for all of us. Castilla is a young team with players who are only 17 or 18 years old, so when you are the manager, you have to educate as well as coach. Last year with Zidane was educational for us.” — Derik Osede 

“Apart from the quality he had, the foundation of his success was always hard work. He was a very hard-working footballer and as a manager he also dedicates a lot of extra time to the job. That’s why I think he could have kept playing. He’s in great shape for his age. He eats well, he goes to the gym, he likes yoga. He could also be strict with us because he has strong principles, and he likes to incorporate those values with his players – hard work, respect and solidarity.” — Derik Osede

“He was still an idol to us, so every time he talked or gave us instructions, we were always very attentive. It could be intimidating as he was one of the greatest players of all-time. He had our complete respect. We never had any problems with him in that sense. He was a good manager and a good person, and during my time with him he taught me a lot. I wish him the best. I know he will do well at Real Madrid and anywhere else in the future.” — Derik Osede

“To tell you the truth the experience was unforgettable. All of the players were very happy when he arrived. To have a manager like Zidane at Real Madrid was a privilege for the players and although we didn’t achieve promotion, it was a very good season in terms of learning.” — Aguza (former Castilla midfielder)

“He always had his door open to everyone. My relationship with him was very good. He is a manager who likes to be close to his players. He likes to know your opinions, and he likes to know how you are.” — Aguza

“Every piece of advice he gives you is like gold dust and it helps you improve on the pitch.” — Luka Modric

“Under Zizou everyone is much happier. He represents an example for us.” — Sergio Ramos


17 thoughts on “Quotes on: Zinedine Zidane

    1. I’ve tried to give due credit to sources wherever possible. I’ve borrowed from a couple of books, like Simon Kuper’s un-put-downable “Soccer Men” and the autobiographies of Paul Scholes and Gary Neville. Some websites, like FourFourTwo.com and Arsenal.com, have also been given due credit if they specify the necessity to do so 🙂


    1. Without question my favourite player of all time, what a cerebral genius, played the game in his head, was five moves ahead of everyone. He didn’t need to run or dribble, he could confound the opposition with a single touch, a single swivel or feint. What an unbelievable player, the purest technique the game will ever see.


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