You can’t miss the irony. Both retired last year despite stoking great controversy in their swansong seasons.
Schumacher was thrown to the back of the grid at Monte-Carlo for deliberately blocking the circuit. Zidane was sent off from his final match – the World Cup final, no less – for headbutting rival Marco Materazzi.
The parallels between the two run deeper through their brilliant yet chequered pasts.
F1 drivers know the various Schumacher controversies well – not least the ‘professional fouls’ on Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve in championship-deciding races.
Zidane, who was named World Player of the Year three times, was also sent off for headbutting an opponent during a Champions League match in the 2000/01 season.
I suspect the public relations exercise at Magny-Cours will play down these obvious and unfortunate similarities between two controversial greats of their sports.
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