I cannot believe that Zinedine Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player in the World Cup. Even if he arguably was the best player in the Cup, what he did should have negated him from receiving the award. By giving him this award, he is being glorified while his unjustifiable actions are being overlooked. What a poor message it sends to the children who worship him! Not to mention, what a terrible and sad way to go out. No matter how much of a soccer icon and talented player he is, he sadly will be remembered for losing his temper and conducting himself in a manner that is ethically wrong.

Lauren Chase

Cal Poly alum, 2003

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