Some moments in sport are simply unforgettable. When you witness them live you just know they will live forever and there may be no better example of this than when Zidane headbutted some Italian fairy in the 2006 World Cup final. And now thanks to a visionary artist, the act has been immortalized in bronze.
The piece forms part of an exhibition called ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf’ and is the work of Algerian conceptual artist Adel Abdessemed. Bloody fine work indeed!
I will never actually encourage violence in sport, but every now and again it is necessary. Apparently the Italian defender was saying rude things about Zidane’s mother or sister. Completely believable as all Italian’s generally think they can have their way with just about any woman on the planet. So Zidane squared him up and dropped him on the spot, but what makes this act all the more memorable is that he did it on football’s greatest stage, the World Cup final. His side may have gone on to lose the match, but that doesn’t matter now, what matters is that Zidane was a honey badger in a sport of maltese poodles, and thanks to this piece of art he will always be remembered as such.
Want to watch the actual incident again? Of course you do…