His father was a football genius, not only remembered as one of the best players of his generation, but also as one of the ‘all time’ greats. He was also prone to projectile vomiting before important penalties, fairly regular red cards and incredibly high profile head-butting. If Enzo Zidane has ever muttered the words, ‘quand je serai grand, je veux être comme papa,’ (when i grow up i want to be just like daddy,) then he is nearly halfway there.
The 17 year old son of Zinedine Zidane is currently on the books of Real Madrid, but prefers to go by the name Enzo Fernandez, in an attempt to avoid the pressure that inevitably comes from being the winning sperm of one of football’s most outragous ever talents. It is a naive ploy that will not, and is not, working. Especially when creating headlines for possessing the same destructive temper as his father.
Nine minutes after coming on as a substitue, in Real Madrid’s U18’s ALKASS International Cup match in Quatar, Enzo was sent off for kicking out at an opponent. The red card came after a commited challenge with an Aspire International player. Oppossing leg’s became entwined, much like the opening moments of the ‘Sharp Shooter’ wrestling lock (performed to devasting effect by WWF’s Brett "The Hitman" Hart during the 90’s) and Zidane didn’t like it. The young prodigy kicked out at his oponents groin and was quickly given his marching orders.
Some who watch the video may say that a red card was harsh, and to be fair the kick was not as vicious as it sounds, in was however unprofessionally petulant.. There is also a split second where the young Enzo clenches his fist and displays a grumpily arrogant, very French, looking face, which to me made it fully deserved. Whatever Enzo Zidane does on the pitch, whether as a youth or senior player, his actions will be scrutinised, purely because of who his father is. It may actually be beneficial for him to recieve such a widely spoke of red card so early into his career, as it will give time to try and correct this potential flaw. On the other hand however, it could just be an incurable ‘Zidane’ trait ?
This will merely act as a wake up call for a player that no doubt has a glittering career ahead of him. In 2009 he made headlines after being called up to the Spanish U15 side, he also reportedly scored an outrageous 35 yard goal for the Madrid B team last year. Jose Mourinho invited him to train with the senior team in 2011 and even more recently he was linked with a trial at Liverpool. Let’s hope that his career fairs better than that of Diego Maradona’s son, if not Zidane still has two younger children to pin his hope on.
image: © chelsea_nj