Time to talk about the most beautiful goal in Champions League history, that mythical volley scored by Zinedine Zidane in Glasgow.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 17 years since Zinedine Zidane connected that volley in Glasgow against Bayer Leverkusen.
Before that first season at Real Madrid, the French player was already one of the best footballers in the world but he still had a lot to accomplish.
‘Zizou’ always felt like he needed to win something very important at club level in order to be considered one of the best ever.
He had already won it all with France but he wasn’t having the same type of luck with Juventus.
This lack of success with his club is what pushed Zinedine Zidane to play for Real Madrid, this is what made him say ‘yes’ to Florentino Perez when he asked.
The players never imagined that success would catch up to him at club level this soon into his adventure with Los Blancos.
He won the Champions League on his first year and La Liga title during his second season.
However, there is no denying that his highest career-moment with any club came during that first season at Real Madrid.
Hoy, 15 de mayo, se cumplen 17 años de esta maravilla. Historia del fútbol.
Zidane, Glasgow, la novena: pic.twitter.com/5RJh3NSIyK
— Madrid Sports (@MadridSports_) May 15, 2019
That magical night in Glasgow.
Zinedine Zidane was only the second of many world-class players that Florentino Perez decided to bring to the club during his first-term as a president.
Zidane followed Luis Figo to help the squad secure the titles that they wanted, he became the most expensive player and remained as such for a good 8 seasons after that.
Real Madrid wasn’t playing very well in La Liga during the 2001-02 season but they were performing incredible football in the Champions League.
They got all the way to the final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow, the German underdogs that had never reached the European Cup final before but had a roster that was worth the effort.
Zidane always remained as the most interesting player of the competition but nobody ever imagined what he was going to do during that final.
You all remember the moment, it was that volley he connected after a terrible cross from Roberto Carlos.
The Frenchman had the ability to transform a watermelon into a work of art with only a swing of his left leg.
Time stopped at that moment and Zidane completed one of the most sublime pieces of skill ever witnessed in a football pitch.
The whole stadium cheered that moment, even some Bayer Leverkusen fans applauded the goal.
Hoy 15/05/2019 se cumplen 17 años del gol más maravilloso que se ha marcado en una final de champions que valió la #Novena para el @realmadrid #Zidane fue el autor de esta obra de arte! Que para muchos está entre los mejores de la historia! Edens Forever® pic.twitter.com/M0BmKMUmgK
— 🏳️🌈🇱🇧𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐲𝐬®🇱🇧🏳️🌈 (@RealBenjys1) May 15, 2019
Zidane’s secret behind his technique.
What a lot of people don’t know is how Zinedine Zidane reached to that point in time where he had to strike the ball with such finesse.
The player wasn’t always keen on football alone, he also loved other sports.
The one that stood out above the rest when he was young is Judo, the same sport that Pele also practiced.
Zinedine Zidane was taken by his parents to Judo classes when he was little and he even managed to become a green belt.
However, there was a moment of inflection for Zidane that pushed him to play football and he never looked back.
But that plasticity he demonstrated when he struck that volley in Glasgow is living proof that Judo was a great reason why Zidane scored this goal so effortlessly.
We could also see him performing flicks and tricks with that elegance thanks to what he learned from that martial art.
We even make a strong case that some of the most skilled players practiced martial arts in the past before becoming footballers.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores those insane acrobatic goals because of his Tae-Kwon-Do background, Pele scored those bicycle-kick goals because he also practiced Judo.
There is something special about combining martial arts with football, they go hand in hand.
🔥 Have you seen a better #UCLfinal goal?
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 15, 2019
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