The name of Zidane is set for a long life in football, the latest to show his talent is 16-year-old goalkeeper Luca.
It can’t be hard to follow in your father’s footsteps, when your father is one of the greatest footballer’s of all time, it must be close to impossible. Luca Zidane, son of former Real Madrid and Juventus legend Zinedine, has begun to make a name for himself in Real Madrid’s youth team.
So often young footballers are dubbed with the title of “the next…..” and so often they never reach the success of the original. In France the moniker of being labelled “the next Zidane” has gone on to overshadow so many young talents. Lille’s Marvin Martin has failed to shine since his two goals against Ukraine in friendly led to him being compared to the great Zizou.
When your name is actually Zidane, it will be tough to live up to the standards set by your famous father. Luckily for Luca and Real Madrid there are three other brothers currently playing in the Real Madrid youth sides. Better to take on the legendary name in numbers, more chance of escaping the pressure.
At a recent U17 International tournament held in Qatar, Luca, who turns 16 this spring, was elected as one of the best goalkeeper’s at the competition. When questioned by Algerian newspaper Le Scorer, his father was full of praise for his young son.
“He works hard, and has the qualities to do something good. It is always the same, when you have the basic skills, you can always succeed. But we must wait, he is still only 16.” said the World Cup winner.
“What I like about him is that he is hungry, he trains hard to progress, he listens. He has everything to succeed”. Zidane explained that he didn’t give Luca a lot of advice, and he then explained how the 16-year-old became a goalkeeper.
“There was Enzo and Luca, and when I finished training, all three of us played together every day. To play, there is always someone who shots and someone who saves them. So, we needed a goalkeeper. The biggest always chooses the best role and so it was Enzo to shoot and Luca who would go in goal. Eventually, it was always him, to the point where he said, “Dad, I want to play in goal” he then added that Luca was not a bad player out of goal either.
During the U17 tournament Luca captained his side against Manchester City. The 16-year-old made several saves, keeping his side in the game, earning the Man of the Match award and making it clear that the “next Zidane” could be stopping wonderful goals rather than saving them.
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