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Zidane set example for everyone, says Real president

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MADRID, Apr 26 (Reuters) Zinedine Zidane set an example on and off the field, Real Madrid president Fernando Martin said today after the Frenchman's decision to retire.

''He is and always will be an example for everyone who loves sport, for his commitment, honesty and talent,'' Martin told the Real Madrid website.

''It is a shame a player of his standing is leaving the world of football,'' he added after Zidane said yesterday that he wouold hang up his boots following the World Cup.

Martin said the 33-year-old had waived the outstanding year of his contract with the club.

''His gesture shows what an honourable person he is. I know he wants to stay linked with the club and we'll do everything we can to make this possible,'' Martin added.

''The best thing we can do for him now is to secure second place in the league.

''He deserves the best send off possible and I am sure the fans will fill the Bernabeu to see his last home game against Villarreal. It will be a true Madrid party dedicated to him.'' With four games left Real are third in the Primera Liga two points behind second placed Valencia, and 10 adrift of leaders Barcelona who also have a game in hand.

Zidane is suspended for Sunday's match at Osasuna and has one home game left in a Real shirt on the weekend of May 6/7.

REUTERS PDS BST2042

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