MADRID, November 10 2014:Â The former Real Madrid and France star is the first of five legendary names to be recognised in the Class of 2014.
Zinedine Zidane has been named as the first inductee to the Goal Hall of Fame.
The legendary playmaker represented Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid and France in a glittering 17-year professional career that saw him win all of the game’s biggest honours.
At club level he won league titles in Italy and Spain along with the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup, while securing the World Cup and European Championship with his country and picking up the Ballon d’Or in 1998. He also collected the Fifa World Player of the Year award three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Goal’s worldwide team of experts produced a shortlist of 15 names for our first batch of inductees and we asked you, the readers, to pick which legends should be included.
Over 100,000 of you from all over the world voted and the Goal Hall of Fame opens its doors this week, with four more icons set to be recognised along with Zidane, one each day until Friday.
We have exclusive interviews, features, galleries and videos celebrating the careers of our top five. You can also share your thoughts throughout the week on social media using the Hashtag #GoalHOF.