Why Did Zinedine Zidane Retire So Early?

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, two footballers were widely considered to be the best in the world: Brazilian Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. The latter was many neutrals’ favourite player, largely thanks to his 1998 World Cup performances for France and that Champions League final goal for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen. Given his

Why Did Paolo Di Canio Never Play For Italy?

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Playing for your country is viewed by many as the highest accolade a footballer can receive. Almost every legend of the game represented their nation at senior level at least once, with a few notable exceptions. One of those exceptions, Paolo Di Canio, was among the Premier League’s most entertaining talents in the late 1990s

Why Did Ronaldinho Wear Number 80?

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In 2008, Ronaldinho surprised the football world by choosing to wear the number 80 shirt at AC Milan after joining the Italian club from Barcelona. The Brazil legend was a marketing machine in those days, with his “R10” brand plastered all over kids’ football boots and various other merchandise. So why did someone so synonymous