If there’s one person who proves losing your hair isn’t as important as keeping your head, it’s Zinedine Zidane. The French midfielder is known to some as the bald guy who head-butted an Italian player to the ground during the 2006 World Cup, but for others, he’s simply one of the greatest soccer players who ever lived.
Like his hair, Zidane’s career was cut short when his shiny misplaced noggin earned him a red card during his last match in the 2006 World Cup final. He’d scored a penalty but then lost his temper when Italy defender Marco Materazzi provoked him with some derogatory comments – and rumour has it they weren’t of the harmless baldy joke variety.
Zidane made his international debut in 1994, aged 22. As the world watched his career blossom, they also witnessed his hair recede. Balding men tend to be the butt of most jokes and hair loss can negatively affect a man in many ways. It’s not easy for men to watch their hairlines disappear but for goal-focused Zidane, he never seemed too concerned.
Zidane was a member of the French national team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup (scoring twice in the final against defending champions Brazil) and Euro 2000, becoming the first team to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974. He played for four European clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid, with whom he won Serie A and La Liga championships, including lifting the 2002 UEFA Champions League trophy with Real after scoring the match-winning goal.
As his sporting profile rose, Zidane’s crown also became more prominent. The media commented frequently on his regressing hairline but Zidane just continued to play good football and his career propelled. Zidane is one of only two three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winners (Brazilian Ronaldo the other) and he was also named European Footballer of the Year in 1998. In 2004, fans voted him atop UEFA’s fiftieth-anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll, and he was included in Pelé’s selection of the 125 greatest living footballers.
The man’s talent has not exempted him from the clutches of male pattern baldness and the odd quip that comes with it, but it certainly secured his place in football legend history. And even if his head-butt moment is the most recalled by some, at least he looked a lot tougher with a bald head than he might have with a Cristiano Ronaldo look.
Like head-butts, the thought of going bald is enough to give you a headache. Zidane proves it’s not the end of the world but hair loss isn’t for everyone. To find out about the most effective treatments for hair loss (including the ones Wayne Rooney is rumoured to be using), contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. If you can’t make it to the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and score with access to expert advice and treatment from anywhere on the field – I mean, in the world.