I thought this was pretty funny.
Those of you who’ve been soccer fans for a while may remember a shocking thing that happened in the World Cup Final in 2006. The game was between France and Italy, and it starred a French player Zinedine Zidane, considered one of the all-time greats. It was known before the game that this would be his last professional soccer game. He was retiring.
In extra time, with the scored tied 1-1, after an Italian player Marco Materazzi said something to Zidane about his mom (or something like that), Zidane head-butted Materazzi in the chest. The referee gave Zidane a red card, and just like that, he was thrown out of the game. Thrown out of the last game of his career, in a tied World Cup Final with just minutes left. It was a crazy moment.
And now, that moment is immortalized in bronze. Outside the Centre Pompidou in Paris, you can go see this statue of Zidane head-butting Materazzi. Pretty funny. As the article says, there are many, many statues of heroic people doing heroic things (as there should be). But here we have a heroic figure in the worst moment of his career. I like that. I like this idea of a bonehead moment being honored in statue form. They should do it more often.
As for the Centre Pompidou, it’s a good place to check out if you have a lot of time in Paris. I wouldn’t exactly put it at the top of my list (hit the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay first), but if you’re a museum junkie, there’s some good modern art there. Or, at the very least, you might want to go take a look at the building itself. As an artistic and architectural statement, it was designed “inside-out”, with the piping on the outside of the building. For many, that makes it worth a look.