Zidane: Winning Euro 2000 paved the way for my move to Real Madrid

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Learn about Zidane's remarks about his memories with Euro 2000

Zinedine Zidane, the French national team's legend, recalled the euro 2000, stressing that achieving this title contributed significantly to his decision to move to Real Madrid.

Zidane won the World Cup in 1998 and then Euro 2000 to win all the titles with his country.

"At Euro 2000 we felt strong as the World Cup-winning team and we had the best players who regularly participate with teams at the highest level, so we felt confident and that was clear from the first game to the final," Zidane said in an interview with UEFA's official website.

"We didn't feel that Euro was more complicated than the World Cup, on the contrary, of course, Euro is a tough tournament but we had the confidence to be the best in the world so we played a perfect tournament."

The current Real Madrid coach remembers facing Spain in the quarter-finals, explaining that it was a difficult encounter like the rest of the tournament, but the French team succeeded in advancing the result, which contributed to the win.

He continued: "I was 12 years old when we played against Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro 1984 and we won 3-2 and I was very happy to watch the game, and then in 2000 I was able to repeat the confrontation and win as well and reach the final."

"We can't forget to face Italy in the final, we scored at the beginning but they equalized and then in overtime, David Trezeguet scored the golden victory goal, it was an unforgettable match."

He concluded: "After being crowned Euro I felt that I had reached a high position and I was 28 years old so I wanted to end my career in a team the size of Real Madrid after I achieved all the championships with the team and wanted to win the Champions League and this is what happened."

Zidane won the Champions League in 2002 and scored the winning goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the final.

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