IInvited to Telefoot for his fiftieth birthday, Zinedine Zidane returned his famous header to Materazzi, after which he was disqualified from the 2006 World Cup Final against Italy, for the last game of his career.
For his former France teammate, Bixente Lizarazu, the gesture might have been avoided had he been in the park. “I wish I was on the court so that didn’t happen, I think some of his partners would have liked to have been on the court to help him manage this situation better. There you are, that doesn’t change his legend, but I would have liked to be there to help him,” Lizarazu told Telefoot. .
This view is shared by Zinedine Zidane, who admitted that the presence of his former teammate could have changed things. “Yes, I think Bixente was the only one who could have held me,” he admitted. “And yes, it would have mattered that night, if he was by my side, even if you couldn’t relive the past anyway. Well, I’m not proud of what you did, again, but it’s part of my journey.”
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