beIN MEDIA GROUP and its flagship sports channel beIN SPORTS has recently broadcasted an exclusive show starring FIFA World Cup and French legend Marcel Desailly.

The show was hosted by Richard Keys and will be aired across beIN’s global network, including in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

As the official broadcaster and home of the FIFA World Cup across MENA, beIN SPORTS’ exclusive show ‘Marcel Desailly: The Rock’ will showcase untold stories and clips of the French legend and winner of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

The interview will also discuss Desailly’s career in European football, the story of Paolo Maldini with the Brazilian Ronaldo and his experience playing with Chelsea in England.

On what Paolo Maldini told Marcel Desailly before they both had to face the Brazilian Ronaldo:

It’s been the only time when Paolo Maldini, I was playing midfield at the time, he was playing for Inter Milan (the Brazilian Ronaldo) and it’s the first time Maldini tells me ‘Marcel, stay around me, cover me, cover my back’ because you know so he doesn’t have to explain because it’s the first ever probably in his twenty-two years of football career that he mentioned that he was a little bit scared of a player.

On winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Marcel Desailly said they’ve done everything to get to the final but the images of Diego Maradona in 1986 getting the trophy, kissing the trophy.

Argentina crossed my mind throughout; it was a possibility to achieve something unique. And even now I think it’s even sweeter. You are in your own country, for us, it’s been very special because that’s what people remember about the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

‘Marcel Desailly: The Rock’ was broadcast on Monday, 3 May on beIN SPORTS 1 Premium in Arabic and on Tuesday, 4 May on beIN SPORTS 1 in English.

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