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When it comes to football, pretty much everything that Zinedine Zidane has touched has turned to gold.

He was an extraordinary player - unquestionably one of the greatest of all time - who turned the beautiful game into an art form.

Zidane was the dictionary definition of majestic and ended his illustrious playing career in 2006 with a host of major trophies and individual awards.

The French World Cup winner then decided to try his hand at coaching and landed his first senior position with Real Madrid in January 2016, replacing Rafael Benitez at the Bernabeu following a spell with the Spanish giants’ youth team.

It was a shock appointment by Florentino Perez, although it ended up working out better than anybody could have envisaged.

No club had managed to retain the Champions League in its current format before Zidane was named Real Madrid manager. But under Zizou, Los Blancos have won the European Cup in each of the past three seasons.

The 45-year-old, however, stunned the world by walking away from Real Madrid last month.

Zidane isn't sure what he'll do next

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology,” he told reporters in a shock press conference. "This is the right moment for all involved - for me, for the squad, for the club."

Zidane does not have another job lined up and admitted that he’s currently unsure what he’ll do next.

"I've got my feet up and am feeling good,” he was quoted as saying by Goal earlier this week. "I don't know what I'm going to do.

"The most important thing is the decision I've taken, the rest we'll see."

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Zidane stars in France '98 legends match

But football is in Zidane’s blood and he’ll never be far away from the sport.

Indeed, on Tuesday night he played in a France ’98 legends match to mark the 20th anniversary of Les Bleus’ first and only World Cup triumph.

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The French team, which featured the likes of Laurent Blanc, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Petit, took on an All-Star ’98 team which included Edgar Davids, Samuel Eto’o and Hristo Stoitchkov.

Unsurprisingly, Zidane’s team won the match, recording a narrow 3-2 victory.

And Zizou chipped in with an assist and a brilliant free-kick goal.

He might be 45 years old now, but Zidane is still pure magic - as his individual highlights from the match prove…

Although his first few touches were uncharacteristically poor, the Marseille-born legend rediscovered his golden touch and was soon bossing proceedings from midfield.

He capped off his eye-catching performance with that exquisite free-kick past former England goalkeeper David James.

You might remember that this isn’t the first time Zidane has beaten James from a set-piece.

Back at Euro 2004, Zidane scored a late free-kick and a penalty against the Englishman to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory for France in the group stages.

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