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Italian Footballer's 'Fitting' Retirement Saw Him Get 'Kidnapped' Mid-Match

Italian Footballer's 'Fitting' Retirement Saw Him Get 'Kidnapped' Mid-Match

When it comes to the most memorable retirement matches in football history, Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi in his final game as a professional footballer takes the cake.

In extra time of the final in Berlin, Zidane and Materazzi were spotted having words on the pitch, with the latter's insults riling up 'Zizou', who proceeded to nut him in his chest.

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Zidane became the first player to be sent off in a World Cup final and the image of him walking past the World Cup will forever remain iconic.

Image: PA
Image: PA

However, we reckon Ignazio Barbagallo has given Zidane a run for his money by staging an utterly ridiculous curtain-calling last weekend.

Credit: YouTube

He wanted to bow out in the most unique way possible and he definitely managed that. However, he did also get himself and his club in a spot of bother.

His ban from football until June 30th is pretty much obsolete given he's called it a day but City of Viagrande have received a €200 fine and had a suspension from competition until May 31 impose by Sicilian football authorities.

The reason given for the punishment reads: "For causing the interruption of the race by ordering and allowing the landing of a helicopter on the pitch compromising the safety of those present."

Regardless, we can all agree that this much was a much better idea than the farce conjured up in the 26th minute of John Terry's final game for Chelsea two years ago.

Topics: Football, Football News, Serie A, Retirement, Italy

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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