Zinedine Zidane: France legend reveals he was injured vs Brazil in 2006 World Cup

A 34-year-old Zidane, who was injured, schooled Brazil at the 2006 World Cup

Zinedine Zidane produced so many incredible performances in his career.

One of his most memorable displays came for France against Brazil in their 2006 World Cup quarter-final clash.

Brazil had a fearsome side at the time which featured many legends, including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Kaka and Cafu.

But they were taught a footballing lesson by a 34-year-old Zidane.

The Frenchman was absolutely incredible in the match. Brazil’s players couldn’t get near him as he dominated proceedings.

Thierry Henry scored the only goal of the game as he turned home a Zidane free-kick.

View Zidane’s incredible individual highlights from the match below…

It’s now been 16 years since Zidane’s iconic performance. And, in an interview with L’Equipe to celebrate his 50th birthday, the legendary footballer revealed he was in fact injured during his masterclass.

He said: “I actually hurt myself against Spain (in the round of 16). I hurt myself by scoring the third goal at the end of the game. I had a lump on my thigh. Almost no one knew.

“I took exams. They told me that I’m not playing against Brazil… I say: ‘What? It’s out of the question that I can’t play against Brazil!’

A 34-year-old Zidane, who was injured, schooled Brazil at the 2006 World Cup
FRANKFURT, GERMANY – JULY 01: Zinedine Zidane #10 of France strikes a free kick directly at the Brazilian wall during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Quarter-final match between Brazil and France at the Stadium Frankfurt on July 1, 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

“The medical staff did everything for me to play because I absolutely wanted to play this game. And I played!

“Every game could be my last. I had that in my head so much that it was impossible for me not to play against Brazil. I wanted to enjoy every second.”

Imagine producing such a performance when not even fully fit. That only emphasises how great his display was.

It remains one of the very best in World Cup history.

France eventually made it to the final but it didn’t end well for Zidane as he was sent off in extra-time after head-butting Marco Materazzi.

Zidane opened up about why he acted in such a manner.

“The headbutt? Materazzi insulted my sister, who was with my tired Mom at the time. He triggered something in me by talking about my sister,” he said, per The Madrid Zone.

He recently told Telefoot, per football-italia: “I’m not at all proud of what I did but it’s part of it’s part of my past.”

That proved to be his last act as a professional footballer. What a way to go out.

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