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Zidane's majestic performances lit up the 2006 World Cup, carving France's way into the Final. Set to retire after the tournament, the stage was set for the football genius to bow out in style, leading France to their second World Cup in a decade. Zidane kept to the script, putting the French into the lead with a elegantly nonchalent penalty in the first half. But nobody was expecting how Zinedine would decide to end his legendary career.
Losing all the class and composure we associate him, Zidane's bizarre headbutt on Materazzi gave the Ref no choice but to send him down the tunnel - right past the Trophy.
Relive it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-KCbGAZRPQX
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