Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory as a player, but his extraordinary career has to a large degree been defined by the Champions League.
His magnificent volleyed goal for Real Madrid in their 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Glasgow is one of the greatest to be scored in a European Cup final.
As such, it is up there with his brace in France’s 1998 win over Brazil, his country’s Euro 2000 triumph and the infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final among the most memorable moments of his playing days.
He has carried on his love affair with the Champions League as a coach, from his role as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in Real’s 2014 triumph to leading Madrid to glory himself in the last two seasons.
But now Zidane’s future in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu is hanging by a thread, possibly tied to the outcome of the looming showdown with this formidable Paris Saint-Germain outfit.
For 18 months after his appointment in January 2016, the Frenchman could do no wrong, but a little of the magic has deserted him recently.
“This is an unprecedented situation, but we must live with it, hold our course,” Zidane said in an interview with French radio station RTL aired on Monday.
He has won eight trophies…