Zinedine Zidane’s famous golden Predator boots from the 2006 World Cup final have been reissued by adidas.
With just 19 days to go until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the sportswear brand has chosen to honor ‘one of football’s greatest comebacks’ overseen by the former France captain – despite Les Bleus losing in the final and the notorious expulsion of Zizou.
Zidane wore eye-catching boots as his country faced Italy in the World Cup final in Germany in 2006.
In what turned out to be one of football’s most iconic matches, Zidane put his country ahead with a Panenka-style penalty after just seven minutes.
However, the game is better known as the Real Madrid legend was sent off in extra time for his header on Marco Materazzi.
The white, gold and black Predator Absolute boots made a comeback two years ago, and now a revamped version of the Frenchman’s signature pair can be had for £250.
“Germany 2006. An icon returns to lead his team to the final of football’s greatest competition,” adidas wrote after re-releasing the boots.
“Celebrating one of the game’s most memorable returns, these limited-edition adidas boots reintroduce the legendary Predator Absolutes France gold captain worn during that famous campaign.”
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It’s a bizarre explanation from adidas, as France lost the final after Zidane was sent off, while Italy won the penalty shootout to lift the famous golden trophy.
However, despite going wild and being shown in red, Zidane was hailed for his part in France reaching the final in his gold boots and thus cementing his place in French football history.
As well as winning the tournament’s Golden Ball, the 2006 World Cup marked Zidane’s return to international football, as he came out of retirement to help his team qualify for the competition.
After the World Cup final, Zidane hung up his boots for good – which is why adidas are honoring the iconic golden pair ahead of this winter’s tournament in Qatar.