Ok, so he only retired in 2006, but ever since he started
mesmerising defences with Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid
there has been a host of young players who the French press
have tried to compare with him
Samir Nasri - Whilst he was at Marseille.
Mourad Meghni - He was actually called "Petit Zidane".
Ribery - was called the new Zidane but incorrectly as he was more of a winger.
Rothen - whilst at Monaco.
Bruno Cheyrou - Laugh it up, but before his miserable spell with Livepool, young Bruno was the great hope for French football and was expected to take the playmaking baton from Zidane. It never happened.