|Zidane: Winning it all in '98.|
The Global Game is one of my favourite footy blogs, and their tribute to the retiring Zinedine Zidane, who will walk off the stage after the World Cup, is a prime example why, mixing fine linking with images and commentary:
A clip from a Real Madrid training session has stayed in our minds. To return a ball to a teammate, Zidane drags a ball back beneath his right boot, flicks it aloft with his left and, again with his right, half-volleys the sphere cross-field. We have been trying to duplicate this move for the last four years. Says Argentina’s Pablo Aimar: “When you are watching a Real Madrid game, it is worth spending an hour and a half in front of the television to watch Zidane make one cut with the ball.” Another Argentine and Real Madrid’s honorary chairman, Alfredo Di Stefano, famously said that Zidane plays “as if he had silk gloves on each foot.”
The only thing to add would be some video links: the volley heard round the world in the '02 Champions League final, a pretty good compilation and without any slow-motion, a classic run, even if he didn't score, from a very young Zizou.