The genius of Zizou: 19 of the best quotes on Zinedine Zidane’s brilliance

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He may have upset Cristiano Ronaldo by substituting him at the weekend, but there is no doubt about it: Zinedine Zidane is a legend.

In the debate around the greatest player of all time, the candidates suggested are usually goalscorers, with Ronaldo and Lionel Messi now mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele, but Zidane often enters into the conversation despite playing his whole career as a midfielder.

The France icon did score goals – and great ones at that – but he captured the imagination due to his all-round game. Zizou matched grace with power, subtlety with skills and humility with the odd reminder that he was the boss.

But rather than pay tribute to the former Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid ourselves, we’ve left it to the experts – the players and managers who got to witness his greatness firsthand.

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