Classic Zidane. Albeit he’s calm and shy persona lie a true warrior who descended from Algeria ruled by France for 132 years, born in French soil and grew in a tough environment outside Marseilles. Because of Zidane, Algeria learned to blind themselves from France’s doing, forgave and loved their country all because of the maestro.
The world cup is the greatest sporting event in the world, but a one man’s journey towards restoring love on a country whose rulers were hated for all memory is bigger than the extra time of a finals game.
Remember the movie Rambo who tried to live a peaceful life only to be realized that you can run away from war and aggression but you cannot take away all these things from him?
Zidane would not headbutt Marco Materazzi for nothing, until an official word is sent out people speculate that Materazzi told Zidane he was a “dirty terrorist”; also, Italy singled out Zidane and made life hell for him. He isn’t a diver neither an actor, but he was definitely bullied all throughout the game.
He is a fighter and if a racial insult was thrown at him, I would not blame Zidane. He grew up in a very tough environment and nobody could take out the toughness in him.
With all the media frenzy right now, I doubt Materazzi or any Italian side will admit any untoward incident they handed Zidane. They ain’t Zidane who is not afraid to defend himself and stand for what he believes in. His 14 red cards and sending off in 1998 tell you beneath the calm demeanor lies a warrior who have been bruised by time and would not let anyone stomp on him.
The World Cup Finals is smaller than Algerian rolled over by arrogant superpowers. His headbutt is smaller than the so called patriotism of terrorists bombing buildings. It’s peanuts compared to the number of people killed, raped and abused in Iraq for the last year or so.
Was the Act justifiable?
I am no saint and I won’t pretend I would not act on the same manner on an extreme emotional circumstance. A thin line is drawn between being a role model for children who were watching the games, or being a role model showing the world what toughness is all about against opportunistic, power grabbing people or nation.
Zidane took the latter which very few in our generation would. I truly admire and respect Zidane, the patriot.
[tags]FIFA World Cup, World Cup, World Cup Germany, Germany, France, Zinedine Zidane[/tags]