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Top praise from ZZ for icon Becks; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: Dean Jones

ZINEDINE ZIDANE wants David Beckham to win more recognition - and to be remembered for much more than modelling pants.

Zidane (below), regarded by many as the best midfield player of his generation, played with Beckham at Real Madrid.

Now, in light of Becks' retirement, the Frenchman has told Sunday People Sport that sheer dedication had made the former Manchester United star so great.

He said: "I think people have seen David Beckham on the front covers of magazines, on billboards, and at launches - but they do not see the real man.

"Of course he has natural talent - but they have no idea quite how hard he worked.

"They do not know that he was the first one into training, they do not know he was the last one out of training because he would stay on the field and practise his freekicks on his own. "The public certainly did not see the genuine pain in his face after every defeat.

"I have never worked with a player more dedicated."

Abilities High praise indeed, but Zidane also took time to hail retiring United star Paul Scholes.

He explained: "To be among the best in the world you need to work hard - but there are some things you just can not teach. Paul Scholes had those abilities.

"At his peak he was the best midfield player in the world - the best midfield player of the generation. His vision, his ability to score goals, his skill in keeping the ball made him complete.

"Even heading, something you would not expect from a player of his height, he was excellent at."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 26, 2013
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