From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishZidane, ZinédineZinédine ZidaneZi‧dane, Zi‧né‧dine /zɪˈdæn $ -ˈdɑːn, zɪneˈdiːn/(1972–) a French footballplayer who became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from the Italianteam Juventus to the Spanish team Real Madrid in 2001. He was in the French national team that won the World Cup in 1998 and the EuropeanChampionship in 2000. He was considered to be one of the best players in the world. He was voted FIFA World Player of the Year three times and European Player of the Year once. He retired after captaining France to the 2006 World Cup Final when he was sent off for headbuttingdefender Marco Materazzi.