(CNN) -- A footballing icon and one of the most gifted players of his generation, Zinedine Zidane won every major honor in the game.
He became a hero in France scoring two goals in the 1998 World Cup Final to win the trophy; winning the European Championship followed two years later.
For Real Madrid, a sublime volleyed goal -- a study in poise, skill and focus --- against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 final secured the European Cup.
During a career that lasted 18 years, "Zizou" as he was nicknamed was FIFA World Player of the Year three times -- something no other player has matched.
Yet for all his genius with the ball, Zidane could also exhibit a less elegant behavior on the pitch. The infamous head-butt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup Final in 2006 was his last act as a professional footballer. The last of 14 red cards he received in his career. What would you like to ask Zinedine Zidane?
Coming from a tough neighborhood in Marseilles and born to Algerian parents, Zidane's career started in Cannes and Bordeaux. He moved to Italian club Juventus winning the Scudetto twice before a transfer to Real Madrid in 2001.
Since retiring from the game in 2006, he's remained close to the club that paid the then record fee of $66 million for him, working as an advisor on transfers and prospective talent. He also works with the United Nations and a number of charitable foundations.
Reserved and quietly spoken, his enigmatic image on the pitch was captured in the 2006 film, "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait". His every move, glance and bead of sweat was captured by 17 cameras during just one match.