Real Madrid goalkeeper Luca Zidane insists bearing the same surname as his famous father doesn’t weigh him down.
Life down in the Spanish second division and away from Madrid will likely provide the 21-year-old with a chance to escape the shadow of his father, Zinedine Zidane.
Naturally, Zidane Jr’s progress in his career has often led observers to compare it to that of his legendary father, who won a Ballon d’Or and starred for Real and Juventus in his own stunning career.
When asked if this weighs him down, however, Zidane Jr told Marca: “No, it doesn’t weigh down on me.
“I’m used to comparisons. I’m proud to have this surname. You can’t compare yourself with your father in footballing terms. Everyone has their own sporting career. I’m on one side and my father is on another.”
He added: “I’m very proud to have this surname, but I want to be called Luca in football and not Luca compared with my father.”
Zidane Sr became one of the greatest footballers of all-time by starring in the midfield and even inspired France to World Cup and European glory.
The Frenchman’s son, though, instead decided to be a goalkeeper – much to the fans’ disbelief.
“Sometimes I ask myself that,” admitted the youngster.
“It’s Enzo’s [his brother] fault. I played football with him from a young age and, because I was younger, he made me go in goal.
“I always had to go in goal because Enzo was older. He told me I was quite good. I have a different personality and I don’t like it when people compare me with my father and being a goalkeeper is difficult to compare myself with him.”
Both of Zidane Jr’s matches in goal for Real were under his father, who currently coaches the club after returning in March.
However, the France U-20 international concedes that leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer was necessary to gain some badly needed first-team experience.
Quizzed on what this could mean for his Los Blancos future, Zidane Jr replied: “I’m on loan at Racing and very happy to be here. I needed to leave [Real Madrid], but we’ll see what happens in the future.”
He added: “The idea is to get more minutes under my belt at a higher level than Castilla. I’m in the Segunda and it’s about proving myself and enjoying what I like doing, which is playing football.”
Zidane Jr’s first game for Racing could be against La Liga side Real Sociedad in a pre-season friendly on July 20.