Video showing Zinedine Zidane's outrageous control and technique goes viral

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It’s almost 14 years since Zinedine Zidane retired from football. How times flies.

Younger football fans will know Zidane the manager better than Zidane the player. The Frenchman has obviously enjoyed a hugely successful post-playing career since hanging up his boots in 2006, winning a host of major titles with Real Madrid.

But for anyone who watched Zidane play, they’ll always remember his footballing career first and then his managerial career - regardless of how much he goes on to achieve over the coming years.

You see, Zidane was a genius. No footballer has ever made the game look like more of an art-form than the 6ft 1in midfielder, who’d glide across the pitch, dictate the tempo of matches and beat opponents for fun.

Undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time, Zidane brought joy to millions of football fans around the world during his illustrious career.

You’ve probably seen plenty of brilliant Zidane compilation videos on YouTube before, but a two-minute video showing the former midfielder’s outrageous control and technique has gone viral over the past 24 hours.

Posted by @Kaiser7RM_, the video features some of the most famous examples of Zidane proving his control was on a different level - the first touch from Fabien Barthez’s throw, for example - along with rare footage that many people will not have seen before.

Anyway, treat yourselves to the best two minutes you’ll spend today…

Some of those touches are just ridiculous. However fast the ball was pinged to him, the World Cup winner would effortlessly bring the ball down under his spell.

Every aspiring midfielder could benefit from watching this video.

Right foot, left foot, chest… Zidane could kill the ball dead in all sorts of ways. He always seemed to be mentally one step ahead out of his opponents.

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Unfortunately, many people will always remember Zidane for *that* headbutt on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final - his last ever game in professional football.

But that moment of madness shouldn’t overshadow an extraordinary career from one of the all-time greats of the game.

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