Rugby, hand, padel: the new passions of Zinedine Zidane

As a teenager and young player at AS Cannes, Zinédine Zidane collected miniature cars and in particular Formula 1. The Marseillais rarely missed a Grand Prix on television. Later, and again in Monaco at the end of May, the one who drives an electric car in Madrid travels from time to time on a few circuits.

Zinédine Zidane, with his wife Véronique, at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix in May 2022. (C. Bruna/Pool via Reuters)

“I have always loved F1, but also the basket, says the NBA fan. When I was young, I also got up at 3-4 in the morning to see a Mike Tyson fight. Sometimes for a minute, he kicked so fast! It was Tyson in boxing and Michael Jordan in basketball. I would have liked to see him again. »

Formula 1, basketball and boxing were his favorite sports. Then other disciplines conquered him after his retirement from the field and with a little more time to spend in front of his screen. “I don’t watch handball or rugby too much before, but I got into it, extend the new padel addict. The physical dimension has become impressive in rugby. It goes faster than before, they are strong, a pillar can score a try. The jigs have become incredible and they are riding. My tastes have changed a bit, but I consider a lot of sports in general. »

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