At the peak of his powers during France’s triumphant Euro 2000 campaign, Zinedine Zidane’s inspired performances in Belgium and the Netherlands earned him plaudits from across the continent.
After a stuttering group stage, in which the reigning World Cup champions finished second to the Dutch, the then 28-year-old scored twice in the knockout phase, including a 117th-minute extra-time winner against Portugal in the semi-finals.
David Trezeguet’s golden goal in the final secured France’s second European Championship, making them only the second side to be European and world champions at the same time after Germany did so in the 1970s, before Spain also matched this feat a decade after France.
Zidane would leave the Turin side for Real Madrid one year later, going onto score the winner in the Champions League final during his first season in the Spanish capital. Since retiring from football, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year has established himself as one of Europe’s best coaches, winning an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Los Blancos.