Soccer star Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he is not ‘proud’ of the famous hip that saw the end of his career.
The former France midfielder left in 2006 after a stellar performance, his last match being the final of the 2006 World Cup between Italy and France.
In the match Marco Materazzi hit the post in the second half of extra time, receiving a red card before Italy won the game on penalties.
On Football Italia, Zidane told Telefoot: ‘I’m not proud of what I did, but it’s part of my past.’
It was thought Materazzi had upset Zidane.
Zidane had already planned to withdraw after the tournament, which meant a red card shown to referee Horacio Elizondo made him expire prematurely.
In a statement, Zidane, who spoke as part of a 50th birthday celebration, said: ‘I had a moment or two thinking about how I could take it. I had a goalkeeper in front of me who didn’t know me well so I had to think of something.
‘In that effort, there was a process, I don’t think it was crazy. You could miss a peanut but that was what I was supposed to do. ‘
Zidane finished his world career with 31 goals in France in 108 games, as well as the World Cup, which he won in 1998 at home. He also enjoyed a successful career at club level, making 500 appearances for clubs such as Juventus and Real Madrid.
He became the manager, and won three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid from 2016-2018, before leaving the club.