ZINEDINE Is Not His Actual Name – Here Is What Happened
Zinedine Zidane is one of the most iconic players of his era and has made a name for himself at the managerial level as well, winning a historic 3 consecutive Champions League titles.
But the name the whole world knows him by isn’t what everyone calls him by, with his family and childhood friends calling him YAZID.
The reason is that Yazid is his middle name. However, Patrick Fort and Jean Phillippe noted in the Frenchman’s biography that Zidane asked his parents to call him Yazid instead of Zinedine when he grew up.
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The name stuck. And even though Zidane used his first name when playing football, his old friends still call him ‘Yazid’ because they did it while growing up.
Also, the name Yazid in Arabic means ‘growing’, ‘increasing’. and it is absolutely in line with Zidane as a player and a manager.