Zinedine Yazid Zidane is a retired French footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and playmaker for the French national team, Juventus and Real Madrid. Zidane got his first player's license after joining the junior team of US Saint-Henri. After spending a year and a half at US Saint-Henri, Zidane joined SO Septèmes where he stayed till the age of 14. Next he transferred to Cannes; what started out as a six week stay at Cannes evolved into a four year contract at a professional level for Zidane. Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes on 18 May 1989 at the age of seventeen in a Ligue 1 match against Nantes. Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1992–93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup and finishing runner-up in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup in four years with the club. In 1996, Zidane moved to UEFA Champions League winners Juventus for a fee of £3.2 million, and won the 1996–97 Serie A and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup. In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid on a four year contract for 151 billion Italian lire. The next season, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the 2002–03 La Liga and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time. In 2004, fans voted him as the best European footballer of the previous 50 years in UEFA's fiftieth-anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll. He scored his first hat trick ironically on his final season with the club. Zidane was voted as FIFA World Player of the Year on three occasions (1998, 2000 and 2003), and also won the Ballon d'Or in 1998. He currently holds the post of Real Madrid Director of Football.