It’s been 14 years since one of the unforgettable moments in the history of football.
It was the 2006 world cup final between France and Italy.
Zinedine Zidane had put France 1-0 with an incredible panenka penalty in 7th minutes, before Marco Materazzi equalised with a header in 17th minutes.
With the scores level after 90minutes, we entered extra-time – which is when the two goalscorers clashed.
Zidane and Materazzi were seen in conversation before the French captain took a step forward and planted his head onto the Italian’s chest. After consultation with off field officials, Zidane was shown a red card in his final match as a professional footballer. Italy eventually won on penalties.
since the event, everyone has been anticipating to know what transpired between Materazzi and Zidane that resulted to a headbutt.
At first, many reports claimed Materazzi had insulted Zidane’s mother. However, comments from the Italian years later denied that- admitted that it was his sister that he spoke about.
Materazzi said in 2017. “I spoke about his sister” “my mother died when I was 15, I would never have insulted his”.
But what did he said about Zidane’s sister?
14 years has gone, Materazzi has finally revealed exactly what he said.
Here’s what he had to say.
“Zidane headbutt? I wasn’t expecting it in that moment. I was lucky enough that the whole scene took me by surprise because if I had expected something like that to happen and had been ready for it, I’m sure both of us would have ended up being sent off”, the defender explained.
“There had been a bit of contact between us in the area. He had scored France’s goal in the first half and our coach (Marcello Lippi) told me to mark him. After that first brush between us, I apologised but he reacted badly “Materazzi recalled.
“The late tackles, altercations and exchanges continued until 110 minutes, when things reached a head.
After the third clash, I frowned and he retorted ‘i’ll give you my shirt later: I replied that I’d rather have his sister than his shirt.
And that was enough for Zidane to lose his cool and shove his head into Materazzi’s chest. It was the last thing the legendary midfielder Zinedine Zidane ever did on a football picth as a professional footballer.