Author of his last recital against the Seleçao, during the 2006 World Cup, Zinedine Zidane almost did not play this match.
Brazil essentially brings back good memories to Zinedine Zidane. And not only because of the joie de vivre of the Brazilians. “Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos were always coming out with bullshit. They are in joy. Zero restraint! I liked these guys because I didn’t go too much towards other people. has indeed confided in the very long interview given to L’Equipe on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
But if Brazil is associated with Zinedine Zidane, it is obviously for his two recitals against the Seleçao in 1998 and in 2006. Because after having been the first craftsman of the coronation of the Blues at the Stade de France thanks to two historic whims , the former Bordelais delivers an equally legendary performance against Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Kaka and others. “One of my best matches in blue”he agreed, adding: “It was so strong. »
However, the tricolor playmaker, who had already missed the decisive match against in Togo during the group stage, due to a suspension, was very close to having to give up this shock against Brazil. “I actually hurt myself against Spain. I hurt myself scoring the third goal at the end of the match. I have a lump on my thigh. Almost no one knew he said. I take exams. They tell me that I’m not playing against Brazil… I say: “What? It’s out of the question that I can’t play against Brazil!” 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.”