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Zidane was paid $15m to support Qatar bid - report

"I am proud of this victory," former French player said of Qatar's win

Zidane was paid $15m to support Qatar bid - report
PAID AMBASSADOR: An Australian newspaper has claimed that Zinedine Zidane was paid $15m to support Qatars World Cup bid

Former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane was paid $15m for his role as an ambassador as part of Qatar's successful bid to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup, it was claimed in newspaper reports.

The Australian newspaper Herald Tribune claimed that Zidane was paid $15m fee for supporting the Qatari bid to host the football tournament in 2022.

“Beyond the victory of Qatar, this is especially a victory for the Arab world and the Middle East. This is what touched me most. It’s nice to have something new. It was nice to show that football belongs to everyone," Zidane said in a statement.

"They said that Qatar was less likely [to win] because it is a small country. But Qatar represents the Arab world and today that is the logic that has prevailed. I am proud of this victory,” he added.

Other high profile stars who were attached to the Qatar bid included Pep Guardiola, Argentina’s Gabriel Batistuta and Holland’s Ronald de Boer.

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Frank Forsberg 9 years ago

Money well spent. What player deserve that money more than Zidane? He is a gentleman and a winner. Well run bid. Good job Qatar.

buckinsand 9 years ago

"Beyond the victory of Qatar, this is especially a victory for the Arab world and the Middle East. This is what touched me most. " - Zidane

Did he say this before or after he collected the cheque?

Simon Gray 9 years ago

I think both US and Australia are jealous from Qatar Victory that’s why they are coming with lies about Zidane bid.

liliane 9 years ago

we should be proud that finally Arab country get it, i am proud and waiting :)

Sandpiper 9 years ago

Zidane a Gentleman ? Dont you remember the head butt in the closing minutes of the world cup in 2006 which saw him sent off, and which France lost.

Sean 9 years ago

I am sure Figo was paid, Gullit, retire/active players, and other celebrities to represent their respective bid. I don't see a problem with that as they are paying for his celebrity and time.

Saeid 9 years ago

Zeidan is a legend and always will be one of the greatest stars that ever walked the field.

And he is a gentelman.