Zidane wasn’t just loved, he was idolized! Zidane’s popularity for
eight years (1998-2006) was fantastic in all football countries of
football Europe, prior to ZiZuMania, millions of fans in the same
degree idolized only the Flying Dutchman Johannes Cruijff and the
French magician of a ball Michel Platini.
the pages of the leading European sports editions often compare the
leader of Los Galácticos of the beginning of the century and the
current head coach of Real Zinedine Zidane and the Portuguese captain
of the defending champion of Europe Cristiano Ronaldo in order of
answer is definite – ZiZu! Though in due time the French playmaker
won only one Ballon d’Or (1998), and then Cristiano Ronaldo – four,
and Leo Messi – five (an absolute record of this competition). But if
Cristiano or Leo will become the world champions in summer 2018 in
Moscow Luzhniki only then they can be compared to ZiZu.
by the number of the won Ballon d’Or the answer is very simple.
During Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Luís Figo, Matthias Sammer
‘s era the best player of year was chosen by secret ballot voting on
the pages of “France Football” and therefore even one
victory in a competition was considered to be unique achievement. But
at once after ZiZu’s leaving in summer 2006 the former FIFA president
Sepp Blatter put hands on popular competition and since then the best
football player began to be chosen only between Cristiano Ronaldo and
Lionel Messi as, according to Blatter, the owner of the Ballon d’Or
could play only in Spain.
question of ZiZuMania became relevant after Real’s victory on 13th
of September in the first round of Champions League group stage over
APOEL Cyprus (3:0). Thus, the team of Zinedine Zidane had done all to
leave the group and to take part in the first round of the playoffs.
then, ZiZu has all chances to become the owner of unique
achievement in the Champions League final-2018 that will be held in
Kiev. We speak about three in a row coaching victories in the final
match of the main UEFA tournament – 2016, 2017 and…
due time the coach of Liverpool Bob Paisley (1977, 1978, 1981) and
the former player of Milan and Real and now the head coach of Bayern
Munich Carlo Ancelotti (2003, 2007, 2014) became three-time winners
of the Champions Cup (Champions League). But never before any coach
had managed to win three Champions League finals in a row. ZiZu can
become the first one. ZiZuMania continues …
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