There’s now a 16-foot tall statue of Zidane headbutting Matarazzi


So when is Nigel de Jong going to get his piece in the Amsterdam Museum of Modern Art?

That’s one of the things that came to mind after reading that Zinedine Zidane’s 2006 head butt of Marco Matarazzi has been captured in bronze and put on display at the Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum in Paris. The piece is just over 16 feet tall and captures the moment after France’s captain makes contact with the Italian defender, Matarazzi’s mouth agape as his head snaps back.

Though according to the exhibit’s organizer, the piece’s is supposed to be ironic:

“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 saw red for his stoppage time attack on Materazzi, France going on to lose the 2006 final on penalty kicks. He would later apologize, explaining the head butt was in response to various insults from Materazzi. The match would be Zidane’s last for Les Bleus.

The whole thing became a meme (spawning some amusing gifs), even though at its core it was a player losing it in extra time of a World Cup final. That is was Zidane and came out of nowhere only added to the insanity of the incident.

But if makes you wonder what other great soccer moments should get ridiculous statues. Maradona’s Hand of God goal is the obvious example. Count me as one who would get a chuckle out of a huge statue dedicated to Nigel de Jong’s karate kick on Xabi Alonso in 2010, or perhaps Luis Suárez’s handball on the goal line against Ghana from the same tournament.

Somewhere there’s got to be a soccer fan with enough money to create this museum.