Трагедия Зидана

Боги исполняют желания тех, кого хотят уничтожить. Зинедин Зидан, возможно, размышляет сегодня над этой древнегреческой мудростью. Зидан объявил о том, что хочет окончить свою профессиональную карьеру после чемпионата мира, и его желание сбылось. После того, как Франция еле удержалась после первого круга турнира, Зидан оказался на высоте и привёл команду к порогу второго чемпионства. Но вместо того, чтобы окончить свою карьеру триумфом или хотя бы овациями, его удалили с финала за удар головой итальянского игрока. В футбольной истории существует немного подобных трагических примеров.

Что бы ни спровоцировало поведение Зидана (возможно, оскорбление по расовому признаку), его грубый поступок, увиденный во всём мире, подпортил его образ. Печальный парадокс заключается в том, что в то время когда всё больше людей во всём мире узнавали о его легендарной человеческой доброте и уважали его за это, теперь он навсегда запомнится актом агрессии.

Действительно, статус Зидана как чемпиона-символа самого универсального и популярного вида спорта в мире не до конца объясняет, почему люди так навязчиво ему поклонялись. Его человеческие качества, как и его талант и техника на поле, в равной степени повлияли на создание его популярного образа.

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