Real Madrid extends Zidane's contract

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Real Madrid has extended Zinedine Zidane's contract which will keep the world's most expensive footballer at the Spanish champions until 2007.

Real Madrid extends Zidane's contract

Madrid:

Football superstar Zinedine Zidane has signed a new contract with Real Madrid which will keep the world's most expensive footballer at the Spanish champions until 2007. The 1998 World Cup winner's existing contract was due to run out in 2005. His two year extension was announced on Real's official website yesterday. "The club had the possibility to renew the contract by one year but both parties finally reached an agreement for two years," the announcement said. The 31-year-old playmaker, who picked up his third FIFA player of the year award in December, arrived at the Spanish capital side in 2001 from Juventus for a world record 75 million euros (US$ 90 million). He proved his worth by scoring the winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final for Madrid to become the champions of Europe for a record ninth time. He joined French first division side Cannes as a 16-year-old in 1988 and moved to Bordeaux in 1992. Juventus bought him for US$ 4 million in 1996 after he had inspired Bordeaux to a UEFA Cup win over the Italian giants. Zidane won the European Super Cup, two Intercontinental Cups and two Italian championships with Juventus but missed out on the Champions League. Of all the goals he has scored perhaps his most important were the two headers against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final. A Zidane-inspired France then went on to win the 2000 European Championship. (PTI)

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