Enzo following in father’s footsteps
Weve all read the stories about such and such a player being the new Zidane, but with one young man there’s really no denying it.
Enzo Zidane, named after his fathers idol, the graceful Uruguayan international Enzo Francescoli, is 12 years old and has started his footballing career on the right foot.
Young Enzo won his first trophy for one of Real Madrids youth teams last weekend when they beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the Mediterranean International Cup in the Catalan coastal resort of Palamos.
Match reports said that Enzo, who plays in the same position as his dad, even dared to showcase one of his fathers trademark pirouettes as he slipped past an opponent in midfield.
“My father gave me a couple of tips on how to do the ‘ruleta’,” Zidane junior told Marca. “The rest is down to me.”
Whether he can go on and enjoy anything like the success of his father is quite another matter, of course. Few footballing sons have managed to live up to expectations and emulate or even better the achievements of famous fathers. Which ones have managed it, or even come close?
Simon Baskett is a Reuters sports correspondent based in Madrid