Marco Materazzi has taken the opportunity to troll former foe Zinedine Zidane as the Frenchman finds himself under pressure at Real Madrid.
The iconic Frenchman has not endured too many low points over the course of a distinguished career which has seen him scale the heights as a player and coach.
As a world-class performer for the likes of Juventus, Real and France, Zidane reached the very top of the game as he collected countless major honours – including the Ballon d’Or, Champions League and World Cup.
Renowned for his ability to glide over the field and make the most pressurised situation look like a walk in the park, the legendary midfielder was a picture of calm for the most part.
There was, however, a volatile streak to his game and when his buttons were pushed, he would explode in the most spectacular of fashions.
His most infamous outburst came on the grandest of stages back in 2006 – with France targeting another global crown.
Having inspired Les Bleus to glory in 1998, Zidane was to cost his country eight years later as he was sent off for an ill-advised tussled with Italian centre-half Materazzi.
He has now been reminded of that fact, with the ex-Inter defender posting a picture on his Instagram account of a piece of artwork honouring a moment Zidane would rather forget and one Materazzi treasures.
While that incident is now part of Zidane’s distant past, the present is posing him as many problems.
Having tasted La Liga and Champions League double success in 2016-17, and added a Club World Cup crown to their enviable trophy haul in the current campaign, the wheels have fallen off somewhat in the Spanish capital.
Key figures such as Cristiano Ronaldo have seen their remarkably high standards dip, with the Blancos now scratching around in an effort to salvage their season with a third successive European success.
They are set to face Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at the last-16 stage of the Champions League, with Zidane looking for his troops to rise to the occasion and avoid any unfortunate mishaps such as the one which saw him hand Materazzi and Italy World Cup glory via a penalty shoot-out 12 years ago.
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