Designation: Former footballer
Country: France (Algeria)
The son of Algerian immigrants Zinedine Zidane learned to play football in the streets of the southern town of Marseille in France where he was born. His talents were discovered at the age of 14, three years after which he made his first professional appearance.
His rise to stardom began in Bordeaux after which he moved on to Juventus in Italy in 1996 and in 2001 joined Spain’s Real Madrid for $66m, where he helped the club win the Champions League title. Zidane led France to victory at the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and to the finals in 2006. He was named Europe’s best player in the past 50 years in 2004 and in 2010 he served as a high-profile ambassador to Qatar, helping it win the World Cup hosting rights for 2020.