Zinedine Zidane retired after the World Cup at a tender 34, so it comes as no surprise that he’s now considering a comeback, thanks in part to a pitch from French sports mag L’EQUIPE.
Zidane in a Saturday interview told the publication: “I have no goal but coming back into football, I would like that.”
Based on his additional comments, it appears that driving Zidane in his possible comeback bid is lessening the effect his infamous headbutt in France’s 2006 World Cup final loss will have on his legacy. He revealed that the main reason he now doesn’t do interviews - and essentially has been hiding out from the public - are the non-stop questions about his attack on Marco Materazzi.
Zidane: “I would have liked to go out in a different way but it’s done, that’s the way it is. I’ll have to put up with it for all my life. Having to talk about it over and over again is irritating. That’s why I don’t like giving interviews.”
So while Zidane doesn’t come out and directly say that he’d prefer to come back in order to go out differently, giving fans a different-flavored farewell, it’s apparent that the maddening effect the headbutt is having on his life may be fueling his drive back to footie-for-pay.