Zinedine Zidane

REUTERS

French star Zinedine Zidane said he plans to retire from playing football when his contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid ends in 2005.

World Cup winner Zidane, 31, told reporters in Kunming, southwestern China, that he would retire after completing the remaining two years of his contract with Real.

"After that, I will go and lead a quiet life," the official Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.