Zinedine Zidane puts his best foot forward for charity

The footballer’s foot has been turned into a crystal sculpture by Baccarat to support research into leukodystrophy

Baccarat crystal sculpture of footballer Zinedine Zidane’s foot, €40,000
Baccarat crystal sculpture of footballer Zinedine Zidane’s foot, €40,000 | Image: Laurent Parrault

One of the finest ever proponents of “the beautiful game”, French footballer Zinedine Zidane has history inspiring works of art. In 2006 he was the subject of Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon’s avant-garde film Zidane: A 21st-century Portrait, which used 17 cameras to follow the midfielder’s every move during a match. Now he has joined forces with French crystal house Baccarat to create a piece to support ELA, an international foundation that raises funds to research treatments for the degenerative genetic disorder leukodystrophy. Baccarat has taken a mould of the midfielder’s foot and recreated it in crystal (now available to order in a limited edition of around 100 for €40,000). Over its 25 years of activity, ELA has raised over €40m, funding hundreds of research programmes. All proceeds from sales of the crystal foot go to ELA.

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