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UPDATED: 08:21, May 08, 2006
French soccer star Zidane retires, leaves Real Madrid
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French soccer midfielder Zinedine Zidane scored his final goal for Real Madrid on Sunday, which he played for the last five years, helping the team to a 3-3 draw against Villareal at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and received an emotive farewell from the crowd.

Zidane has already announced his retirement -- his last games will be for France during the 2006 World Cup.

As well as being famous for his footballing skills,

particularly his "roulottes" -- beautifully controlled passes -- and his good behaviour on the pitch, Zidane is known for his human skills, and as a man committed to society.

When he signed for Madrid in Summer 2001, Zidane was the most expensive player in football history. He had a difficult start for the team, as then manager Vicente del Bosque had a tough time finding a place for all stellar footballers on his roster.

Zidane's best year was 1998 when he received the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Golden Ball awards.

He was also in France's winning 2002 European Cup team, France's winning 1998 World Cup team and teams that won the 2000 European Championship, the 1996 and 2002 Intercontinental Cup, the 1996 and 2002 European Supercup and the 2003 League.

Source: Xinhua

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