When talking about Zidane we can hear a lot of extreme and very contradictary points of view. Some say he was among the very best players ever, some others say on the contrary that he was massively overrated. The focal point is often his WC performances and to begin with his WC98 performances. Those who deny Zidane status say that besides his two headers vs Brazil and his red-card vs Saudia Arabia he did nothing significant. I always find such a statement weird because that's not how I remember it. OPTA stats also shows he was actually very good. So, I wanted to know exactly what he did in that WC by watching again his games and pointing out moments in which Zidane created chances. Clear chances (or A grade chances) are indicated in italic characters - ie the chances that could (should ?) have been converted in goals but weren't due to bad luck and/or lack of quality players up-front (Dugarry and Guivarch, I'm talking about you here !). In bold characters : goals in which Zidane was decisively involved either in a direct way or indirect way. France vs south-africa 2 mn 10 : through pass to Dugarry who can't beat the GK in one vs one situation (clear chance). 2 mn 50 : assist to Dugarry from a corner kick. 3 mn 35 : key pass to Djorkaeff who passes the ball to Petit. Petit shoots on-target (clear chance) 4 mn 40 : through pass to Dugarry. Dugarry's shot is blocked. 4 mn 50 : pass to Lizarazu leading to a dangerous cross 6 mn 15 : long lateral pass to Henry on the right side. Henry runs and shoots off-target. 6 mn 25 : through pass to Henry. Henry runs on the right side but he's blocked before he can shoot the ball. 6 mn 45 : pass to Lizarazu leading to a dangerous cross France vs Saudia Arabia : 0 mn 40 : long pass to Henry leading to an off-target shot (clear chance) 1 mn 50 : key pass to Lizarazu leading to Henry's goal (secondary assist) 4 mn 00 : shot on target (clear chance) France vs Italy : 0 mn 15 : shot on target (clear chance) 3 mn 05 : pass to Petit inside the box. Petit is blocked before he can shoot. 3 mn 25 : cross to Karembeu leading to an off-target shot (clear chance) 3 mn 50 : pass to Henry leading to an off-target shot 4 mn 05 : long lateral pass leading to a successful cross from Thuram (?) and a shot from Henry (off-target) 4 mn 15 : pass to Petit. Petit's long-distance shot is blocked. 4 mn 50 : long through pass to Henry. Henry is blocked before he can shoot the ball. 5 mn 02 : long pass to Lizarazu on the left flank. Lizarazu is blocked before he can cross the ball. France vs Croatia : 0 mn 40 : on-target shot (clear chance) 1 mn 35 : off-target shot 1 mn 40 : off-target head shot 3 mn 10 : long distance shot on target 4 mn 30 : off-target volley 5 mn 25 : on-target volley 6 mn 12 : long lateral pass to Thuram. Thuram makes a 1-2's with Henry and he scores. 7 mn 43 : off-target shot after a long-run (clear chance) France vs Brazil : 0mn25 : pass to Guivarch after a long run. Guivarch can't beat the GK in one vs one situation (clear chance) 0mn45 : undirect free-kick leading to a head shot from Djorkaeff (off target) 1mn58 : 1st goal from corner kick 3 mn 15 : 2nd goal from corner kick 5 mn : long pass to Dugarry. Dugarry can't beat the GK in one vs one situation (clear chance) My view on that : Zidane's playmaking was actually quite good. He created a dozen of clear chances according to what I saw. He could have had 2-3 more assists (if not more) with a bit more of luck and with better strikers playing in front of him. He played 5 games in which France scored 11 goals. He was involved in 5 of them (2 goals, 1 assist, 1 secondary assist, 1 goal for which he started the action). He was quite good in the first round vs South Africa and Arabia Saudia but to be fair the opposite defenders were quite poor. He was also obviously excellent vs Brazil (but Brazil's poor defense helped him a lot) and -more surprisingly- vs Italy. Despite being very well marked by Di Baggio and Albertini he actually created a lot of chances. Zidane was however more average vs Croatia. He made a lot of shots but with little success and he created less chances in that game. One negative point is his overall relatively poor shooting accuracy and low goal-conversion rate throughout the tournament.