Patrick Vieira revealed that he keeps his World Cup winners’ medal locked away in a bank, to avoid losing his prize possession while he is constantly on the move in the world of management.
The Crystal Palace manager was a guest on Sky’s Soccer AM, when he admitted that he does not keep his medal on his person.
The rangy defensive midfielder was part of France’s World Cup winning side that lifted the famous trophy in 1998, after a Zinedine Zidane inspired side demolished Brazil 3-0.
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira keeps his 1998 World Cup winners’ medal at the bank
‘It’s in a safe – in a safe in a box,’ admitted Vieira. ‘because we are moving around, you know from Manchester and then to New York.
‘When you’re moving around you don’t want to lose it, so the safest place to have it is in the bank.’
The Arsenal legend’s side in 1998 were one of only six sides to have won the tournament in front of their own supporters – and no team has yet managed it since.
Vieira was also part of the side that went on to win the European Championships in 2020
‘It made it really special,’ he added. ‘I think winning the World Cup – it’s of course a kid’s dream. And for us, it was really special because it was in France.
‘It was in our own souls. It was in front of our own fans. So winning the World Cup in France was something that I don’t know if it will happen again, you know, for French players.
‘It was and still is one of the best moments in my life.’
The Eagles will welcome Jesse Marsch’s on-form Leeds on Sunday in the Premier League
In total, Vieira made 107 appearances for his country, and went on to score six goals as his side became both World and European Champions in 1998 and 2000 respectively, and he was a member
Since his retirement from professional football in 2011, the Frenchman has gone from managing youth teams at Manchester City, to taking the helm at Crystal Palace in just 10 years.
His Eagles team is set to take on Leeds on Sunday at Selhurst Park, with Palace hovering above the relegation zone, with just one win and three draws, although they have faced Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.