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One of soccer's all-time greats, Zinedine Zidane led France to victory at the 1998 World Cup, but was thrown out of the '06 Cup final for striking an opponent.
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He remains one of a handful of greats to win the FIFA World Player of the Year/Ballon d'Or award three times.
Appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in March 2001, Zidane annually captains a team of soccer stars against a side led by fellow retired idol and U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo in a match for charity. In 2010,
he also served as a high-profile ambassador of Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Zidane joined Real Madrid's front office as an adviser and was named the club's sporting director in 2011. The following year, it was announced the French soccer legend would begin coaching at Real Madrid's youth academy, the first step in a new career of calling the shots from the sidelines of his beloved game.
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