Zinedine Zidane is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers of all the time. As a player he was known for his excellent control and dribbling skills, his magic ball touch, his focused vision and great leadership traits.

His excellence in football has bestowed Zidane some coveted awards and awards such as the FIFA World Player of the Year thrice, and the Ballon D'Or once.

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What other football legends said about Zinedine Zidane.

"In France, everybody realized that God exists, and that he is back in the French international team. God is back, there is little left to say" - Thierry Henry

"To train with Zidane for three years was a dream. For me, he is the greatest player of all time" - David Beckham

"When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the 10 other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple. It was magic. He was a unique player. He was more than good, he came from another planet. His team-mates became like him when he was on the pitch" - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"Zidane is one of the best footballers of all time, one of my idols. He had such elegance and grace, a wonderful touch and superb vision" - Ronaldinho

"He's the best player with whom I have ever played with. We had a lot of fun on the pitch" - Ronaldo (Luis Nazario de Lima)

"Zidane has an exceptional coordination, an exceptional touch of the ball. Every area three yards around Zidane, you could give him the ball where you wanted. He puts it down and plays" - Arsene Wenger

"He dominates the ball, he is a walking spectacle and he plays as if he had silk gloves on each foot. He makes it worthwhile going to the stadium – he's one of the best I have ever seen" - Alfredo di Stefano

"One player I played against who I would have loved to have on my team was Zidane. Just an elegant, brilliant player, he was big and physical at 6'2″, but had a great touch, used to glide along the floor" -  Ryan Giggs

"Zidane was sublime! At the top of his form. At training it was a great thing to see, he was magic. It was as if everything went into slow motion all around him whenever he had the ball, he seemed to have so much time on the ball. Brilliant!" - Marcel Desailly 

"My Idol was Zinedine Zidane. He was the most perfect player. His technique, shooting and headers, his ability to read games and boss them was fantastic" - Mesut Özil

"He was beautiful to watch, poetry in motion, so elegant as a footballer, like a ballerina on a football pitch" - Rio Ferdinand

"Zidane is the master. "Over the past 10 years, there's been no-one like him, he has been the best player in the world" - Pele (2006)

"As a player, he was phenomenal. He always earned victories, titles and triumphs. That's Zizou's mentality" - Roberto Carlos

"I really enjoy watching Zinedine Zidane. His elegance of movement on the pitch and his skills are uncanny. Apart from being an impressive player, he is also very humble and very likeable as a person" - Rivaldo