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A Young Zidane, Quite Literally

Real Madrid management are excited about the progress of fifteen year old Enzo Zidane, son of Madrid’s French legend Zinedine. Enzo has been promoted to the club’s Cadete setup this season.

Like his dad he wears the number ten shirt and plays as an attacking midfielder. Real Madrid General Manager Jorge Valdano said: “He’s a lot like his dad in many ways.”

Enzo has caused such a frenzy playing for Madrid’s youth team that there’s already been speculation as to where his international future lies, France or Spain. Zinedine has said: “I do not like talking about it, but when one of the national teams call him, we will decide which one to play for. If Spain is calling, fine. And if France, the same. The important thing now is that he enjoys playing for Real Madrid.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful that if in seven or eight years there’s another Zidane playing in one of Europe’s top leagues? Having never watched Lionel Messi live I can without doubt say that the best player I’ve watched in the flesh is Zinedine Zidane.

Zinedine will probably always be remembered for head butting Marco Materazzi in 2006’s World Cup final. But I’ll always remember him for that outrageous volley he scored against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final. What’s even more ridiculous is that he scored that with his ‘weaker’ foot.

Zinedine won practically everything there was to win in football. His mantle piece must be falling down under the weight of team and individual awards.

Hopefully in twenty years time we can look back on the career of Enzo Zidane and say he was as successful and talented as his father. He’s got bloody big shoes to fill though.

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