LE SCAN SPORT – The former midfielder of the France team returned for RMC on a stormy episode lived with the world champion.
In 2008, the episode recounted in his autobiography * shook the microcosm of French football. He had also earned Jérôme Rothen, according to his statements, many phone calls from relatives of Zinédine Zidane, ulcerated to see him strip the tricolor icon who would have insulted him in the middle of a match at a time when they were teammates. among the Blues.
“This is the black spot in my career”
Twelve years later, the former international midfielder (13 selections between 2003 and 2007) has not forgotten, nor digested, the behavior of the Ballon d’Or. “In 2004, we eliminated Real Madrid with AS Monaco in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. There is a task to this success: the insults of Zinédine Zidane. It is the black point of my career. I understand his frustration when you play for Real and lose to little Monaco. But those words (son of a bitch), coming from the mouth of someone you know, I don’t understand them, ”said Rothen in the program La Boîte à souvenirs, Monday on RMC.
“(With Evra) it’s over, because there will never be any excuses from her”
The former player of PSG, who explained in 2008 to still devote “a great admiration” for Zinédine Zidane never understood why “ZZ” had not apologized when he had had the opportunity on many occasions when the two players, who played together in Euro 2004, attended Clairefontaine. Apologies, Jérôme Rothen expects no more from Patrice Evra, his former friend with whom he got confused by videos and messages interposed on social networks, to the point of ending up in court (case closed without follow-up). “It’s over, because there will never be an apology from him. What is sad is to get there and in the last video, to go beyond the limits and to have comments that go beyond certain things. There are things that are indelible now, it’s over, it’s like that, it’s sad, really sad. Being that close like that… we were like two brothers… and that’s how it is, it’s disappointing… ”
Zidane’s best at Real Madrid (2001-2006)
* You will not believe me (Prolongations editions)