Despite choosing to play for the French national football team, but the football star Zinedine Zidane, who coaches Real Madrid, is still linked to his Algerian origins.
He has often embodied this by interacting with major events in his parents’ homeland or providing aid to charitable foundations in Algeria, in addition to his visits with family members to Algeria.
In this regard, French media revealed a wonderful initiative by the Real Madrid coach at the level of Zinedine Zidane charitable foundation that is active in Algeria, saying that Zidane has allocated 3 million euros to sponsor his foundation which helps poor children and families.
The same sources added that this money was obtained by Zidane by using his image to promote the organization of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Previously, French media said that Zizou had received 11 million euros as a result of promoting Qatar 2022 World Cup, but Zidane categorically denied this in comments to the French sports daily L’Equipe in 2011, saying; “I didn’t do it for money, I wanted to sponsor that project that is really important to me. Was this project actually reviewed before all these criticisms were made? People speak only without knowing the truth”.
A full nine-year wait was needed to find out the financial reward for the Algerian-born star, who revealed in a book on his personal life that will be published on Wednesday, that all the details are related to this issue, most notably the reasons for his decision to support the Qatar Football Association in its efforts to organize the World Cup.
According to Le Journal du Dimanche, Zidane said; “Sheikh Jassim (former Qatari crown prince Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani) proposed to me in 2005 to go to Qatar and play there with the Brazilian Ronaldinho, and he wanted to develop the game in his country, but for me it was clear that I wanted to finish my career at Real Madrid”.
“I respected the idea of Sheikh Jassim seeking to develop sports in his country, and I told him then that if I could help, I would gladly do so. After Qatar submitted its candidacy to organize the World Cup, I was contacted to support this file and I accepted it quickly. Those were just rumors about the amount I obtained”.
“In fact, the money I received was never 11 million euros but only 3 million, and I never benefited from it, because it was dedicated to sponsoring the activities of my charitable foundation, which has humanitarian goals and which I created with my father in Algeria several years ago”.
Zidane made his first official visit to Algeria in 2006 and he was accompanied by his parents, where he launched a series of charitable projects in Algiers, the province of Boumerdes (eastern Algiers) and other regions.
Zizou also sponsors several charitable foundations in Algeria, most notably the “Children of the Desert”.