Zinedine Zidane's 'most creative and smart plays' have been compiled in viral video

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Few footballers in history have oozed class quite like Zinedine Zidane.

Nobody is under any illusion that 'Zizou' can compare statistically with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the World Cup winner was never about the numbers.

Football fans, ourselves included, can often get bogged down in statistics in the modern game and Zidane is perhaps the single biggest reason why he should always take them with a pinch of salt.

Sure, Zidane might only have averaged seven goals a season throughout his career, but anybody who ever watched him for 90 minutes understands why he's revered amongst the greats.

It seems not a month goes by without Zidane's individual highlights against Brazil from the 2006 World Cup going viral - and it's that first-hand experience that shows off his brilliance.

Remembering Zidane's brilliance

Zidane seemed to float past his rival midfielders as if they weren't even there and it's sometimes hard to tell in compilation which clips are in slow motion and which aren't.

Besides, it hardly seems possible when a 50-yard diagonal pass seems to glue to his football boot and a world-class player is made to look amateur by one of his trademark roulettes.

What we're trying to get at here is that Zidane really put the 'beautiful' in the beautiful game and that's why the various viral videos of him on YouTube are always worth a watch.

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Zidane's most creative and smart plays

But out of all the montages we've been guilty of spending lazy afternoons watching over and over, few have compared to a January release by YouTuber 'mr bundesteam'.

The video creator, who boasts over 1.5 million subscribers, has racked up more than 1.7 million views for his compilation titled: 'Zinedine Zidane: The Most Creative & Smart Plays'.

In a world where Zidane's trademarks are so familiar, looking at his most inventive and unique footballing tropes is a fascinating lens through which to appreciate his greatness.

So, come on, do yourself a favour and check out the stunning video down below.

No music. No fancy edits. Just Zidane being Zidane.

From the first clip, Zidane is casually whipping out a Dennis Bergkamp-esque trick in front of his own back four and just a few cuts later he's juggling the ball at Camp Nou like it's nothing.

It's the sort of pleasure that football fans get from seeing Dimitar Berbatov strutting around the pitch like nothing really matters but turned up to 11 with even more brilliance and skill. 

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And it's for that reason that no matter how Messi, Ronaldo and whoever may follow them finish their careers, supporters will always be coming back for their fix of Zidane.

Simply put, footage of his greatest skills seem to age like a fine wine.

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