Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro waves the trophy after the World Cup 2006 final football game Italy vs.France, 09 July 2006 at Berlin stadium. Italy won the 2006 football World Cup by defeating France on penalties. AFP PHOTO ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images

‘I heard the knock!’ Fabio Cannavaro admits he was close enough to hear Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final

Fabio Cannavaro may have been captaining his country in the most important game of his career during the final of the World Cup in 2006, but even he let himself get distracted by Zinedine Zidane implanting his head into Marco Materazzi’s chest during the 110th minute of the match.

Plenty of stories have since been written about what was said between the two that caused the Frenchman to get to such an angry and violent state, but none have focussed on what it actually sounded like.



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