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Happy Birthday: Zinedine Zidane

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On the day that France go head to head with Spain for a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2012, it seems as though Les Blues will have reason to celebrate no matter what happens in Donetsk - one of their greatest ever player, Zinedine Zidane celebrates his 40th birthday today.

In a vastly successful career spanning 18 years, during which he spent time with Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and finally Real Madrid, Zidane was the leader of a generation of dazzling French talent which fulfilled their potential in 1998, lifting the World Cup on home soil. Having emerged from retirement to guide France to the 2006 World Cup final, Zidane provided another iconic moment, but this time for the wrong reasons as he saw red for his infamous headbutt on Italy's Marco Materazzi before France lost on penalties. Before then he had the audacity to succesfully chip Gianluigi Buffon from the penalty spot to give France the lead.

Zidane won pretty much everything there is to win at club level as well, picking up league titles in Spain and Italy, and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid (in which he scored a spectacular volley) along with a host of individual awards.

But the great man isn't remembered solely for what he won - it was his touch, elegance, vision and grace that endeared him to millions. So on Zizou's birthday, enjoy this video that encapsulates all that was good about one of the greatest players to have graced the game.

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