TBT! France v Brazil 1998 World Cup Final: Where are they now? As giants play TONIGHT!

Brazil and France will meet today in a repeat of the 1998 World Cup Final, which the French – who were also hosts of the tournament – would go on to win 3-0, thanks to a brace from Zinedine Zidane, and another from former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit.

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The match was shrouded in controversy as Brazil’s star striker Ronaldo was taken ill hours before the game, and was initially left off the teamsheet, however at the last minute, the 21-year-old was reinstated, but failed to have an impact on the game. Still to this day, no one is quite sure what happened to the forward.

Here is what the finalists from seventeen years ago are up to now:


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Fabian Barthez

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Retired in 2007, and now more involved in motorsport, competing in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Lilian Thuram

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Left Barcelona in 2008, and is more involved in political issues nowadays.

Marcel Desailly

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Finished his playing career in Qatar nearly a decade ago, now spends more time doing media and charity work.

Frank Leboeuf

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Like his former Chelsea teammate, he finished his playing days in the middle-East. Now an actor, who had a brief role in The Theory of Everything.

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