Roy Keane on Why Zinedine Zidane was his ‘Toughest Opponent’

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Roy Keane had some serious battles in the centre of midfield, but one of his toughest was former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Keane played against the French Maestro for Ireland and Manchester United and every time they were great battles.

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“When I played against him, I’m quite a small guy – I’m 5′ 10” and I’m really slight. People may think maybe I look bigger on the pitch…

“The best thing when I used to play against Zidane – at club level and I played against him for Ireland – the advice I would get from my friends in Ireland would be, ‘just kick him!’ That would be the technical advice.

“I used to say, ‘he’s 6′ 2″. He can deal with that!’ I think he’d been sent off eight or nine times. What he was and what I loved about Zidane was that he was nasty.”

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