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French Football Star Zinedine Zidane to Retire


French football star Zinedine Zidane has announced that he will retire from the sport after this summer's World Cup tournament in Germany.

Zidane told French television, Canal Plus, Tuesday that he has made a "definitive" decision that the World Cup is his last goal. The inspirational Real Madrid playmaker said the World Cup is the only thing he wants to focus on.

Zidane was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year honors in 1998, 2000 and 2003 and has won 99 caps for France, including 17 as captain. He scored two goals against Brazil in the final to secure the 1998 World Cup.

Zidane became the world's most expensive player in 2001 when he moved from Juventus of Italy to Real Madrid for $66 million.

France is grouped with Switzerland, South Korea and Togo at this year's World Cup.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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