Zinedine Zidane was crowned World Champion with France, having scored two goals in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil. However, if it wasn’t for Lilian Thuram, he wouldn’t have gotten his hands on the trophy.
The defenseman himself scored twice – his only international goal in his country’s 142 appearances – in France’s semi-final victory over Croatia. His son Marcus was born in Parma one year earlier.
The same Marcus will go up against Zidane on Tuesday as Borussia Monchengladbach hosts Real Madrid in the Champions League.
At the age of 23, Marcus Thuram’s career had gone down a different path from that of his father. He’s still on the flank, but he’s still playing forward. In 46 games for Gladbach, he scored 15 goals.
As Lilian’s career came to an end in Barcelona, Marcus first began playing at the Sochaux Academy in France. First of all, Marcus’ eating habits, including fast food, kept him from making it professional.
Things changed, however, and Marcus finally joined Guingamp, where he’d be relegated to Ligue 1. Marcus caught the attention of Gladbach in Germany thanks to his strength and pace of attack.
The Bundesliga was best suited to Thuram’s game, and his career took off because of it. As well as being a strong goal scorer in Germany’s top flight, he is a campaigner in the fight against racism.
All that’s left is a call to the French National Team-and maybe a win against Zidane and Real Madrid.