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Zinedine Zidane turns 44

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Zidane was born in Marseille, France, on 23 June 1972, to Algerian parents who had emigrated to Paris before moving on to the southern city.

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He grew up alongside four older siblings: Djamel, Farid, Nourredine and Lila.

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1982: Zidane (back row, fourth left) poses with the football team US Saint-Henri.

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Zidane (back row, second right) as a youth player at Cannes, his first professional club.

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He made his Ligue 1 debut for Cannes at the age of 17, in a game against Nantes.

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En 1992, Zidane signed for Bordeaux.

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He spent four years at Girondins.

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Zidane made 176 appearances in all competitions for the club.

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Zidane made his France debut against the Czech Republic in August 1994.

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Zidane signed for Juventus in 1996, developing into a global star in his time in Turin.

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He won two Serie A titles during his stay in Italy.

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He was also a winner in the Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Intertoto Cup.

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On top of the world: in 1998, Zidane scored twice in the final as France lifted the World Cup.

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He was European Footballer of the Year in 1998.

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Zidane won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

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In summer 2001, Zidane swapped Juve for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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Seen here at his unveiling alongside Real legend Alfredo Di Stéfano, Zidane took the number 5 shirt at the Bernabéu.

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The Frenchman's finest hour as a Real player came in the 2002 Champions League final, when his memorable volley secured victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

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Zidane celebrates Los Blancos' 2002 Champions League triumph with goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

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Zidane, seen here kissing the Champions League trophy, also lifted a LaLiga title, a Supercopa de España, a UEFA Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup as a Madrid player.

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Zidane was one of Real Madrid's 'Galácticos' together with the likes of Luis Figo, Ronaldo and David Beckham.

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Zidane's career ended in ignominy as he was sent off for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi during France's 2006 World Cup final defeat to the Azzurri - his last game as a professional.

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Zidane's career ended in ignominy as he was sent off for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi during France's 2006 World Cup final defeat to the Azzurri - his last game as a professional.

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Just prior to France's World Cup campaign, Zidane made his Bernabéu swansong, scoring in a 3-3 draw with Villarreal.

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Ahead of the 2013-2014 season he became Real Madrid assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti, before being named Real Madrid Castilla boss in 2014.

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In January 2016, Real Madrid promoted Zidane to the role of first-team head coach in place of the sacked Rafa Benítez.

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And the season ended in glory for Real as Zidane led Los Merengues to the 11th European Cup in their history with a penalty shoot-out victory over Atlético Madrid in the final.

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Happy birthday Zizou!

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