Zinedine Zidane honored with statue of him headbutting Marco Materazzi

The headbutt heard 'round the world is now immortalized forever, in statue form

9/28/12 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Blog Photo - Zinedine Zidane honored with statue of him headbutting Marco MaterazziFormer French soccer player Zinedine Zidane had a remarkable career. He played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid, as well as the French national team. 

He won several Player of the Year awards at various levels, helped France win the 1998 World Cup.

Still, his most memorable moment might be when he headbutted Italian Marco Materazzi in the final game of his career, the 2006 World Cup final.

Now, it will be remembered forever, since there's a statue of the incident in Paris, in front of the Pompidou Center.

The idea was a bit different from normal, since it was meant to commemorate a low point in Zidane's career, and normally statues are made to remember the highlights.

Exhibition organizer Alain Michaud explains:

"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat."

It's an interesting philosophy, but I guess when you've been a doormat to the rest of the world for as long as the French has, this is what you celebrate.
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