How to ruin a legacy.......
In the second half of the overtime, Zidane and Italian defender Marco Materazzi found themselves in an interesting and unsuspecting situation. Materazzi had grabbed a handful of Zidane's jersey just as a French attack on goal passed harmlessly by. The two exchanged words as they walked back up the field, well behind the play. Then, without warning, Zidane spun around, lowered his head and rammed Materazzi, knocking him to the ground. Wild claims are being made in regard to what Materazzi may have said, but what is true or false is only conjecture at this point as Zidane's agent, Alain Migliaccio, was quoted by the BBC as saying the France captain told him the Italian "said something very serious to him, but he wouldn't tell me what."
No matter what may or may not have been said, it goes without saying that a star, leader, or role model (all of the above fit here) all should know to be the "bigger man" and not ever react in the manner in which he did. That was one of the single most disgraceful and disturbing acts I have ever witnessed in any sport. Many were disgusted with Wayne Rooney's (England) stomping of a Porturguese player in their match, but at least his action was potentially an accident. Zidane's was blatant and can not under any circumstances be justified.
The only thing that may have been more of a disgrace then this heinous act is the fact the Zidane was awarded with the Golden Ball for the MVP of the World Cup. Voting for this award takes place after the final match and despite Zidane's stellar play throughout the World Cup, he should not have garnered a single vote once his head slammed into Materazzi's chest. A number of players were as deserving of the award on skill alone (Cannavaro, Buffon, Pirlo, Ribery, Henry), but one thing set them apart from Zidane and it was not a charateristic that should have won the award for him.
Maybe Zidane is the one who needs a "How to"..........in sportsmanship.