Materazzi was a no nonsense Italian defender who was given the nickname ‘The Matrix’. This was largely in part down to his erratic personality. This took him to the heights of playing at the San Siro for Inter Milan in front of 80,000 adoring fans. The master of the wind
up, he knew how to get on the wrong side of players. This was clearly demonstrated at the FIFA 2006 World Cup Final. Deep into injury time, France and Italy were tied at one goal apiece. Materazzi was then involved in one of the most dramatic episodes in World Cup history as he was alleged to have insulted Zidane’s family. Moments later, Zidane reacted with a head butt to the Italian’s chest. Zidane was sent off and the rest as they say is history.