For one, we have to examine the competitive landscape. It was perhaps (we can argue this, and I would like to hear your thoughts) a peak in the concentration of high-caliber NT squads. Several teams had all-time golden generations during this era. So, a highly competitive tournament. Zidane was very strong in the two matches in the group stages that he played. He was rested in the third, having gone up 2-0 - as did some other key players like Henry, a match that France lost. The matches were against Denmark and Czech Republic. Videos have been scrubbed off Youtube. In any case, obviously you would expect France to progress further as tournament favorites. Then came the performances against Spain, Portugal and Italy. The first two featured an absolute clinic in midfield with the opening goal from FK vs. Spain, and the game-deciding goal with a high-pressure penalty in golden time against Portugal. A good, but more conservative performance vs. Italy in a match whose goals were not decided via direct intervention from Zidane. The end result was a back-to-back major tournament win from France and a unanimous player of the tournament award. Unsurprisingly, Zidane topped the Opta index for the tournament for attacking midfielders: He produced the second highest number of crosses for the tournament (despite being an AM): I will not provide the offsides table, but he does not appear in the Top 10. Henry has the second most offsides at 10 as compared to the 14 from Inzaghi. They are forwards of course, and Zidane played as a playmaker. The player on France with the most shots on target was Henry - the primary goalscoring outlet for France with 6 shots on target at 46% accuracy. Zidane was produced one of the greatest dribbling performances of all time in a major international tournament - the best all things considered since the 90s: This includes an extraordinary 9 out 10 dribbles completed against Portugal - including a slalom dribble (something he never was the best at): Minute 6:36 This translates to 4.97 dribbles per 90 (slightly more given the way the clock was handled with the golden goal moments - of which 2 occurred, or slightly less if we attribute 24 dribbles according to a OPTA revisit) at a success rate of 77%. For comparative reference: Messi World Cup 2014: 5.6 successful dribbles per 90 (61.5% success rate) Source: Whoscored.