For all the talk of the Real Madrid dressing room being a minefield for coaches, Zidane has ripped apart that school of thought as he has achieved tremendous success in his short time at the helm.
Zidane has already won two Champions League titles and one League title as his managerial career is off to a dream start. Zidane’s calm approach has worked wonders, as he almost immediately won over the Madrid dressing room.
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One of Zidane’s biggest success stories last year was the way he managed Cristiano. The Portuguese superstar played the least amount of matches as compared to his previous seasons at Madrid. In all his previous seasons, Ronaldo has admitted that he felt exhausted at the business end of the season.
But Zidane managed to handle Ronaldo in superb fashion, as Ronaldo peaked just at the right time of the season. His incredible goal scoring form during the last few matches in the Champions League was crucial, as he almost single handedly won the knockout matches for Madrid. His back to back hat tricks against Bayern and Atletico in addition to a brace in the final against Juventus has further cemented his legacy as a bonafide Bernabeu legend.
While he is still in pristine physical condition, Ronaldo may not be able to sustain his incredible standards which is why Zidane must be planning for a future without the legendary Portuguese.
But it looks like Zidane has earmarked two players who could possibly replace Ronaldo one day. Eden Hazard and Antoinne Griezmann are leading the list of Ronaldo’s successors at Madrid, as Zidane is very keen on having either one of them at the Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.
While Greizmann would be a complicated deal, Hazard might prove to be very straight forward for Zidane and Real. Chelsea’s talisman has often spoken of his admiration for Real Madrid and has hinted that he would like to play for them one day.
While either of them would be a fantastic addition to the Madrid squad, they would have to go some way to emulate Ronaldo’s extraordinary feats at Madrid.