April 13, 2024

Zidane, the historic election

Time flies. Twenty-five years ago today, Zinedine Zidane was awarded the 1998 Ballon d’Or. For the younger generation, this is already ancient history. But the fact that Zizou’s aura remains as strong as ever, more than two decades on, means that we can’t forget one of the major events in the former creative midfielder’s career. The last Frenchman to lift the Ballon d’Or before…

Time flies. Twenty-five years ago today, Zinedine Zidane was awarded the 1998 Ballon d’Or. For the younger generation, this is already ancient history. But the fact that Zizou’s aura remains as strong as ever, more than two decades on, means that we can’t forget one of the major events in the former creative midfielder’s career. The last Frenchman to lift the Ballon d’Or before Karim Benzema was elected in 2022, Zinedine Zidane richly deserved his award at the time.

If he hadn’t been flamboyant during the World Cup, which he played in and won this year, Zinedine Zidane might well have been the man to win it.Emmanuel Petit made it 3-0 late in the game to seal Les Bleus’ first World Cup crown.

Thuram, seventh

The year Zinedine Zidane won the Ballon d’Or, he also shone with Juvenus, winning the Italian championship and reaching the final of the Champions League, as well as the Italian Supercup. As for the Ballon d’Or ranking, the Frenchman beat Davor Suker, Ronaldo, Michael Owen and Rivaldo. Second-ranked Frenchman Lilian Thuram finished seventh.

During the Ballon d’Or award ceremony, which was broadcast on France 2 at the time, Zizou defied his pudding to win the award.to have won the Ballon d’Or. But above all, I’m happy to have my family here and my friends. And if my grandpa’s here, my granny’s at home and I give her a big hug. Simple but touching words, in the image of Zinedine Zidane, who that day went down in Ballon d’Or history forever.