Top five: Memorable World Cup final moments (6)

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1. Zizou's parting shot

Rightly or wrongly, this is the moment that will forever stay in the minds of football supporters when they think of the 2006 World Cup.

Neither France nor Italy were considered amongst the very favourites for the trophy before the tournament in Germany, but both nations made it to the final and gave the watching public a spectacle they will never forget.

Zidane himself opened the scoring with a slightly lucky penalty before Marco Materazzi equalised for the Italians less than 15 minutes later.

With 90 minutes not able to separate the teams and extra-time going the same way, the 110th minute gave way to utter madness when the two goalscorers engaged in what looked like a brief chat.

No one knows what was actually said but Materazzi must have insulted Zidane horrifically as the France legend, in his last game in professional football, wheeled around with fury in his eyes.

The Real Madrid man strolled towards Materazzi before firing his bald head deep into the heart of the Italian with such force that it sent him lying to the ground in agony. Zidane was sent off in shame and walked past the Jules Rimet trophy before watching his side lose on penalties from the changing rooms. His everlasting memory in professional football.

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