Almeria winger Crusat: Zidane changed course of my career

Almeria winger Albert Crusat says Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane changed the course of his career as a youngster.

Almeria winger Albert Crusat says Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane changed the course of his career as a youngster.

At 20, Crusat was a promising midfielder playing for Juande Ramos' Espanyol and he recalls: "At one corner, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane fell on me, fracturing my collarbone.

"The injury changed the course of my career. Juande Ramos wanted me as a starter, like at the Bernabeu, but when I came back from injury, his replacement Javier Clemente said he was not counting on me."

Crusat has since rebuilt his career at Almeria, where he was outstanding last season.

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