Does Zinedine Zidane’s eldest son, Enzo now learning his trade in the Real Madrid youth ranks play for Spain or France?
There were rumours that he was going to be chosen for the French U17 team but these were quickly countered by Spanish coach Ginés Meléndez who is keen to debut Enzo in the U17 side this October if his father agreed to his participation. The video footage shows what an issue it has become- raising passions in both countries and an expectation of an emulation of Zidane’s legendary skills. Can the apple fall far from the tree?
Both father and son are yet to decide and have shown no inclination that they will do so in a hurry. Zidane had this to say:
“Nothing has been decided. To date, Enzo has not yet been selected by Spain nor France. And I think it’s better that way… If Spain called him, it will be good, and if it is France, it will be good too… For now he enjoys football with Real Madrid, that’s the most important.”
Personally, I think Enzo should play for Algeria. However, since Zidane’s other sons Luca and Theo are also training to be footballers, all three countries can get one Zidane each. Spread the wealth. But the larger question is – can they headbutt? Jokes apart, children who can step out of their father’s shadow to create their own niche is a hard act.
Cesare and Paolo Maldini, Manuel Sanchis Martinez and Manolo Sanchis, Juan Ramon Veron and Juan Sebastian Veron come to mind. But the more likely route is Jordi Cruyff or Shaun Wright Phillips – both decent players but who would never be mistaken for their illustrious fathers in a million years.