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When Zidane scored his first goal

February 10, 2017

This day in football history

On 10 February 1991, Zinedine Zidane scored his first professional goal to help Cannes beat Nantes.

Nineteen years old at the time, Zidane had been with Cannes since joining them as a youth player in 1986. He signed a professional contract with them in 1989 and made his first-team debut against Nantes that May, one of only two appearances that season.

He didn’t play for the first team at all the next season, but featured regularly in 1990–91, making a total of 31 appearances across all competitions. His only goal, though, came in a 2–1 league win over Nantes. Afterward, club chairman Alain Pedretti gave Zidane a car, honoring a promise he’d made to the midfielder for his first scoring strike.

Zidane left Cannes for Bordeaux in 1992, then spent time with Juventus (1996–2001) and Real Madrid (2001–06) while becoming one of the world’s greatest players. He went on to score a total of 125 goals in 681 career club appearances, while winning the Ballon d’Or in 1998 after leading France to victory in the World Cup.

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