Zinedine Zidane was born on June 23, 1972 at Marseille, France. He started playing football at the age of 5 with the children in his neighborhood at Place Tartane. By the age of 10, he was selected to play for a local team called US Saint-Henri. Next he was promoted to play for SO Septemes-les-Vallons where he played till he turned 14 years old.
Here his performances went unnoticed until a football playing star named Jean Varraud identified the talent in this young kid. He took him to practice for the Cannes club team. Here he impressed one and all and was given a contract at the age of 15 itself.