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'I'm yet to see Zidane's headbutt'

Ronaldinho might be the only person who hasn't seen 'the' moment of World Cup. Check out what he has to say.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 18:17 IST

The man who is arguably the world's best soccer player might be the only person on the planet who hasn't seen the most famous moment of last month's World Cup.

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho has said that he has yet to watch video of France midfielder Zinedine Zidane head-butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the final - though he's heard about it from everyone he knows.

"To tell you the truth, I haven't seen anything," Ronaldinho told while in Los Angeles ahead of Saturday's friendly match between FC Barcelona and Mexico's Chivas of Guadalajara.

Zidane was ejected for the head butt in the World Cup's final in an image broadcast worldwide. Italy went on to win 5-3 on penalties.

It was Zidane who played an instrumental role in knocking Brazil out in the quarterfinals.

"When we were eliminated from the World Cup, I went home and disconnected from the world. I didn't watch TV or read the newspapers," said Ronaldinho, who returned to the southern Brazilian town of Porto Alegre where he grew up.

But wasn't he curious to see it?

"Everybody told me about it, but I preferred to stay away from (everything related to) the World Cup," Ronaldinho said.

Ronaldinho said the head butt didn't diminish Zidane's "spectacular career". "He deserves all the awards he receives," he said. Ronaldinho has won FIFA's World Player of the Year award twice.

Zidane has won it three times. Ronaldinho, who often has huge smiles during games, said he too sometimes loses his cool on the field. "There is anger during games," he said. "In one moment or another, you can lose your head, or just not be able to take the pressure.