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A collection of inspirational quotes and sayings by Zinedine Zidane on work, persistence, football, hope, love, happiness, challenge etc.

64 Inspirational Quotes By Zinedine Zidane That Show Why He Is Such A Genius

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Zinedine Zidane learned early in his life from his emigrant father “that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up.” Talking about his background, he has later said that he felt privileged that he came from a “difficult area” like La Castellane, because “it teaches you not just about football but also life.” Indeed, in his interviews he has talked freely about his family and his background, his passions and aspirations, his childhood days. However, being a reputed footballer, his interviews centre mostly on his game and in them he has talked extensively on football in general and his career in particular.  Let us now look into some of his inspirational quotes on work, persistence, football, hope, love, happiness, challenge etc.  

The French team has given me so much and I want to help it. I told myself I did not have much time left in soccer, and I want to profit from it to the maximum.

- Zinedine Zidane

I have always said the French team is the most important thing that has happened to me. I thought deeply about it and I want to play for France again.

- Zinedine Zidane

It's true, pressure is something that goes with football nowadays. You need to accept it, and everything that it involves - the good and the bad.

- Zinedine Zidane

Obviously fashion is a completely different world from football.

- 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.

- Zinedine Zidane

It doesn't matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special.

- Zinedine Zidane

It's only natural to want to select your best players and there is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He's almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play.

- Zinedine Zidane

Everything Iniesta does impresses me. He could even play as goalkeeper. He's magical.

- Zinedine Zidane

Messi is the Mozart of football.

- Zinedine Zidane

Mandela has played a crucial part in history. He's done some extraordinary things, not only for his country but also for the whole world.

- Zinedine Zidane

All of us at Juventus agreed Manchester United were the best side we met in the Champions League. They have so many talented young players and can only get better and better. Giggs is truly world class

- Zinedine Zidane

Sometimes I don't know what takes me over during a game. Sometimes I just feel I have moved to a different place and I can make the pass, score the goal or go past my marker at will.

- Zinedine Zidane

If Giggs was French, Pires or myself would have been on the bench.

- Zinedine Zidane

It's the first time it's happened to me and maybe the last. It's a strange sensation, not normal for me. I can't remember scoring three goals, even when I was a kid.

- Zinedine Zidane

Scholes is undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation.

- Zinedine Zidane

I don't know if we are the best team in the world. I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It's a dream.

- Zinedine Zidane

My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.

- Zinedine Zidane

I'm very inspired by him-it was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up.

- Zinedine Zidane

It's hard to explain but I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard. And this desire never to stop fighting is something else I learnt in the place where I grew up.

- Zinedine Zidane

There was huge pressure, especially before the big games. Not many people believed in us, but we believed in ourselves. We wanted to do something good and we did.

- Zinedine Zidane

Zidane was from another planet. When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the 10 other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple.

- Zinedine Zidane

You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.

- Zinedine Zidane

Ronaldinho is a special player, but Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game.

- Zinedine Zidane

Everything I have achieved in football is due to playing football in the streets with my friends

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Nobody knows if Zidane is an angel or demon. He smiles like Saint Teresa and grimaces like a serial killer.

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I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.

- Zinedine Zidane

If you are determined and confident, there is nothing in this great existence that can stop you from achieving what you want.

- Zinedine Zidane

When your own fans whistle and jeer, then you have a big problem.

- Zinedine Zidane

There are evil people, and I don't even want to hear those guys speak.

- Zinedine Zidane

My father is an Algerian, proud of who he is and I am proud that my father is Algerian.

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I love Madrid.

- Zinedine Zidane

We'll do it, we'll do it.

- Zinedine Zidane

We are well aware of the task ahead of us in what will be a very difficult match but which we all dream of playing.

- Zinedine Zidane

It's the first time it's happened to me and maybe the last. It's a strange sensation, not normal for me. I can't remember scoring three goals, even when I was a kid.

- Zinedine Zidane

It will be a physical encounter but we must not respond in kind.

- Zinedine Zidane

I have decided to come back for Les Bleus.

- Zinedine Zidane

I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life. There were lots of kids from different races and poor families. People had to struggle to get through the day.

- Zinedine Zidane

We were a family who had come from nothing and now we had respect from French people of all sorts.

- Zinedine Zidane

Music was important. Football was the easy part.

- Zinedine Zidane

I may have had a lot of luck in my life, but I still need to find a challenge in the game.

- Zinedine Zidane

I have no message.

- Zinedine Zidane

I have never had the opportunity to play in England, so I know little about it.

- Zinedine Zidane

I don't know if we are the best team in the world. I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It's a dream.

- Zinedine Zidane

I am supposed to set an example to young players.

- Zinedine Zidane

I'm very inspired by him-it was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up.

- Zinedine Zidane

I love Madrid. I am happy to be here. I have been here three years and hope to be here longer. But I am proud of where I come from and never forget the people I grew up with.

- Zinedine Zidane

To be recognised by a whole country is incredible.

- Zinedine Zidane

The only important thing I have to say is that my father never fought against his country.

- Zinedine Zidane

I have won many awards and I am very happy about this, but I am not the best player in the world.

- Zinedine Zidane

A Mediterranean city is really my culture.

- Zinedine Zidane

I am proud of where I come from and never forget the people I grew up with. Wherever I go, La Castellane is where I want to go back to.

- Zinedine Zidane

I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life.

- Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid is the most important thing that happened to me, both as a footballer and as a person.

- Zinedine Zidane

I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard.

- Zinedine Zidane

Sometimes words are harder than blows.

- Zinedine Zidane

The door can never be closed for good to any player.

- Zinedine Zidane

The England team must always be respected. They always fight to the end.

- Zinedine Zidane

My memories of events and games are fragmented.

- Zinedine Zidane

Football boots are very technical and have lots of specific requirements.

- Zinedine Zidane

We must not let ourselves get driven off course, no matter what happens we must stick to our natural game.

- Zinedine Zidane

Life is full of regrets, but it doesn't pay to look back.

- Zinedine Zidane

It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up.

- Zinedine Zidane

It doesn't matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special.

- Zinedine Zidane

Ronaldinho is total class - a very, very great player. He is quick, powerful, and has extraordinary technical qualities. He is a dribbler but is also a player who can make the play for his teammates. He's not really a No.10, a true organizer. He's more a second attacker who can score goals and has the vision to make them.

- Zinedine Zidane