I am sure I am not the only one who had a lump in my throat when Zidane left the field after been given a red card for head-butting Materazzi . One of the greatest players in the world who was all set to join the likes of Pele and Beckenbauer irrespective of whether France won or not….and now I am not sure if he will. I was happy for Italy when they won but there was something missing from the final ceremony – not seeing Zidane on the field (probably for the last time) and not seeing him get a standing ovation will leave a void on what could have been a great finals for one of the greatest!

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