Zinedine Zidane Scores with Solid Volley in Charity Match (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 20, 2012

Retired footballing legends Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo teamed up for a charity match Wednesday night in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The aim of the match was to fight poverty, but the highlight might have come when a 40-year-old Zizou showed he's still got the touch.

Not that the proceedings lacked star power.

Brazilian legend Zico, famously bald ref Pierluigi Collina (who's still only 52!), Falcão (of futsal fame, not the Atletico Madrid version) and Leandro Damiao were among the big names on display in addition to Zidane and Ronaldo.

The slimmed down Ronaldo and his team won 3-2, courtesy of a Damiao goal, but first, Zidane impressed the masses once again. With the score 1-1 in the 66th minute, Zizou buried a sweet volley past the keeper and into the net to give his side a temporary 2-1 lead.

It wasn't nearly as sweet as the volley that won the 2002 UEFA Champions League final, but for a 40-year-old, it wasn't half bad. In fact, most of us would give our left leg to be able to volley home a goal quite so nice.

Video of Zizou's turn-back-the-clock volley appears above. The clip serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Thursday. Enjoy and try not to become too nostalgic for the old days, Real Madrid fans.

Highlights from the entire match can be seen here. Not included in that video is this clip (h/t Who Ate All The Pies), in which Neymar makes an unsuspecting girl cry. Way to go, Mohawk Man.