Zinedine Zidane Posted An Emotional Tribute To His Big Brother After He Died Of Cancer
A heartbroken Zinedine Zidane posted an emotional tribute to his big brother after he tragically died following his battle with cancer.
Zidane's older brother, Farid, had been battling the illness for some time and passed away at the age of 54 last Saturday.
And 'Zizou,' 47, took to Instagram to share photos of Farid and send out a heartfelt message to his brother.
"You always showed me the way," the Real Madrid manager wrote.
"You were fair, generous and courageous.
"You loved others and others loved you so much, I was always very proud of you, forever in my heart."
View this post on InstagramMon Grand frère de cœur Farid. Tu m'as toujours montré le chemin. Tu étais Juste Généreux Courageux , Tu aimais tant les autres et les autres t'aimaient tant ! Je suis tellement fier de toi. À jamais dans mon cœur. :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
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Los Blancos announced last Friday that the Frenchman had left his side's pre-season training camp in Canada for family reasons.
"Our coach, Zinedine Zidane, is to leave the club's pre-season base in Montreal for personal reasons," reads the club's statement.
"Until he returns, the team's training sessions will be overseen by his assistant coach, David Bettoni."
Zidane leaves the training camp in Montreal for personal reasons.#RealMadrid
- Real Madrid C.F. :flag_gb::flag_us: (@realmadriden) 12 July 2019
Zidane's son Luca, who is on loan at Racing Santander, received permission to leave his side's training camp following the news.
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The Spanish club also confirmed the passing of Farid on their website and that the first-team squad held a minute's silence ahead of their training session in Montreal.
"All members of the Real Madrid first-team squad held a minute's silence ahead of training in Montreal following the passing of Farid Zidane, the brother of our coach, Zinedine Zidane," reads the statement.
All members of the Real Madrid first-team squad held a minute's silence ahead of training in Montreal following the passing of Farid Zidane, the brother of our coach, Zinedine Zidane.
- Real Madrid C.F. :flag_gb::flag_us: (@realmadriden) 13 July 2019
According to reports, Farid passed away 'surrounded by his family members' and Zidane made it back in time to be at his older brother's side.
Los Blancos will allow the ex-Madrid and Juventus superstar plenty of time to mourn his loss.
But Spanish newspaper Marca claims that the Madrid head coach is expected to return to the club's training camp 'in the coming days.'
Madrid will kick off their pre-season tour in Houston, Texas, on 20th July against Bayern Munich for their International Champions Cup clash.
Zidane's side will also play Arsenal on 23rd July and fierce rivals Atletico Madrid on 26th July in the US.
And they will travel to the Allianz Arena on 30th July for their clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Featured Image Credit: Zinedine Zidane