Thuram is Zidane's enemy now

Zinedine Zidane was crowned a world champion with France after scoring two goals in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil. However, he wouldn't have gotten his hands on that medal if it wasn't for Lilian Thuram.

The defender himself scored twice - his only international goals in 142 appearances for his country - in France's semi-final victory over Croatia. One year earlier, his son Marcus was born in Parma.

On Tuesday, the very same Marcus will go up against Zidane as Borussia Monchengladbach host Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.

At the age of 23, Marcus Thuram's career has gone down a different path to his father's. He remains on the flank but plays further forward. In 46 games for Gladbach, he's scored 15 goals.

As Lilian's playing career was coming to an end at Barcelona, Marcus first started playing in the Sochaux academy in France. To begin with, Marcus' eating habits - namely junk food - were stopping him making it as a professional.

Things changed, though, and Marcus eventually joined Guingamp, where he would experience relegation from Ligue 1. Thanks to his power and speed in attack, Marcus caught the eye of Gladbach in Germany.

The Bundesliga was better suited to Thuram's game and his career has taken off because of it. As well as being a potent goalscorer in Germany's top flight, he is a campaigner in the fight against racism.

All that's left is a call up to the French national team - and maybe a goal against Zidane and Real Madrid.

Source: Marca Miguel Ángel Lara / Billy Munday

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