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Zidane Quotes


"Like Zidane I want to inspire the kids" - Eden Hazard

"Zidane was from another planet. When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the 10 other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple." - Zinedine Zidane

"Zidane is probably the best player there has been in the past 20 years ... France have recovered the best Zidane and they have progressively grown throughout this tournament." - Zinedine Zidane

"To play with Zinedine Zidane was the biggest honour I have had in my career" - David Beckham

"What Zidane can do with a football, Maradona could do with an orange." - Michel Patini

"Steve McManaman once described Zinedine Zidane as ridiculous. You can't get a higher compliment than that." - Jason McAteer

"Who were the best players I had ever played against? Raul, Messi, Zidane." - Rio Ferdinand

"Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player." - Zinedine Zidane

"I'd compare myself to Zinedine Zidane... a humble guy who just happened to be the best" - Nicolas Anelka

"Zinedine Zidane could be a champion sumo wrestler. He can run like a crab or a gazelle." - Howard Wilkinson

"Zidane is unique. The ball flows with him. He is more like a dancer than a football player." - Zinedine Zidane

"Nobody knows if Zidane is an angel or demon. He smiles like Saint Teresa and grimaces like a serial killer." - Zinedine Zidane

"Comparing Isco to Zidane isn't ridiculous. He is very close to Zidane in terms of ability, they have a lot of similarities. Zidane is obviously in a better position to judge, and he said Isco isn't there yet but could come close in the future." - Carlo Ancelotti

"Zidane is the master. Over the past 10 years, there's been no-one like him, he has been the best player in the world." - Zinedine Zidane

"I think about the great players with whom I have shared a pitch: Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Pirlo, Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo - and the greatest of them all is Messi." - Paul Scholes

"Ronaldo was my hero. I loved watching players like Zidane, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, but Ronaldo was the best striker I've ever seen. He was so fast he could score from nothing and could shoot the ball better than anyone I've ever seen." - Lionel Messi

"When Zinedine Zidane retired, he said he'd never be a manager and it wasn't in his plans. But after two years out, he missed football a lot. I think he retired a little bit early, he could have gone on for at least another season, and it would have been a pleasure for us to have him." - Michel Salgado

"He is the best. The best in the world, yes. Probably the best ever. I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best... Cristiano is a goals machine. He is an incredible player. He is like Zidane, there will never be another Ronaldo." - Jose Mourinho

"It's not that difficult to play well and win titles in a team like Barcelona, but it's in the national side where you see a player's true class. That was the case with figures like Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane. With Spain, Iniesta has shown that he is among the best players of all time and that's why I rate him higher than Messi or Ronaldo. Even though the latter two have incredible scoring records for their clubs, they still haven't won anything with Argentina or Portugal respectively." - Boris Becker