Zidane's headbutt bronzed

A statue depicting former French national soccer team player Zinedine Zidane's head-butt on Italian...

A statue depicting former French national soccer team player Zinedine Zidane's head-butt on Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the 2006 final of the soccer World Cup, by Algerian born artist Adel Abdessemed, is seen in front of the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris September 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Zinedine Zidane has been bronzed for posterity.

Just not in the way most French soccer fans would want.

Much to their chagrin, artist Adel Abdessemed picked Zidane’s infamous 2006 World Cup headbutt on Italian centre back Marco Materazzi as the inspiration for his statue.

The five-metre tall installation was unveiled today in the forecourt of Paris’ Centre Pompidou, which houses France’s National Museum of Modern Art.


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