PARIS, France (Thu, Sept 27) - French soccer player Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italian soccer playerin the 2006 FIFA World Cup final has been immortalised in a statue now on display in Paris.
A 5-meter (16.4 feet) high version of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed's bronze statue Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi has been erected outside Paris' Centre Pompidou, one of the world's foremost modern art museums.
"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat," exhibition organizer Alain Michaud told Agence France Presse.
Zidane was sent off and never played international football again. France, who won the World Cup in 1998, lost the final to Italy on penalties.
The Zidane's headbutt statue will remain on display until January 7 next year.