A French psychoanalyst reveals the secrets of Zidane’s personality

“Zidane cannot bear disaffection, he needs to feel loved to fill the lack of parental recognition,” says the French psychoanalyst Sabine callegari, who publishes a book in which he analyzes the current coach of the Real Madrid.

Over three years, Streetgari has studied documentaries, interviews, books, press conferences and articles on Zinedine Zidane
to complete his work, he concludes that “the star is, above all, a human being who suffers like everyone else.”

In particular, the author of “En la cabeza de Zidane” highlights in an interview with . the lack of affection that was, in her opinion, the reason that led her to leave Real Madrid in 2018 after having won her third Liga de Champions.

“From his statements it is clear that he did not feel the same love for the club and the dressing room and that led him to leave,” he explains Streetgari, which claims to recognize some similar elements in the current situation of the club and the coach.

But the psychoanalyst emphasizes that, as he himself says, Zizou he always gives “300%” to his projects, so he does not consider abandoning ship.

“He doesn’t usually do those things, he always finishes what he starts, he imposes it on himself as a chivalric task. The other time, when he left, he left the club in the middle of a party (…) But if he feels betrayed, then he will never forgive “, he says.

In your work, Streetgari has focused on looking for the unconscious part of the athlete, both in his time as a player and now in that of a coach, for which he considers to have discovered “things that are not known about Zidane, that perhaps he does not know himself “.

The father figure

At the bottom, the psychoanalyst places the relationship with her father, who Zizou places at the top of his pyramid, but from whom “he has never received recognition of his exceptionality.”

Zidane demands absolute love, because it is the way in which he gives himself to others “, affirms the author. Faced with the image of an unbreakable character, the protective mask that has been created, Streetgari he has found points of escape through which his true personality rarely emerges.

Zidane it is more than his myth, more than the perfect character that appears in public. If it was perfect, it wouldn’t have had those knockouts, like the headbutt to Materazzi or his departure from Madrid in 2018 “, he assures.

On those rare occasions, when the legend gives way to the human being, his personality emerges “as a ‘geyser’ that comes from within himself and that originates in the relationship with his father, which explains his entire life, from his partner to his internal conflicts, the game of masks that shapes his life, its limits, its cracks “.

he has become what he is without aspiring to celebrity, without wanting to stop being ordinary. But his strength had to come out. Despite everything he has done, despite having achieved unconditional love from the public, he continues to maintain the drama of not having received it from his father, “he says.

Materazzi header episode

That internal conflict, the psychoanalyst defends, emerged in a spectacular way on that July 9, 2006, in the World Cup final against Italy, which was his last game and which was marked by his expulsion after leading Marco Materazzi to head butt.

“That day many of the elements that make up his hidden self came together, which he tries to combat daily,” Callegari explains. Specifically, his book cites two, the presence of Filippo Inzaghi on the Italian bench and the singer Nâdiya in the stands.

The book collects the rumor that Inzaghi, with whom he coincided at Juventus in Turin, could have a relationship with the wife of Zidane, who, in turn, they related to Nâdiya.

Without going into the veracity of these rumors, Callegari maintains that the transalpine attacker represents in Zizou’s head “his rejected part”, that of a “bad boy” who has always wanted to fight to earn the respect of his father.

As for the singer, she supposes the stardom that she never sought, from which she always wanted to protect herself but never stopped admiring. “All the ingredients were at that stage and it ended up exploding,” says the specialist.

From that gesture, he adds, the myth was not weakened. “On the contrary, that personal drama made him more human and that makes him a person capable of overcoming himself.”