Zinedine Zidane is a one of a kind icon in the world of fútbol. World Champion in 1998 with France, two-time finalists and two-time scorers in a World Cup Final, Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Zizou has won everything a player can dream of: he was without a doubt a world class player. His debuts as a head coach of the first team of the Real Madrid have been very impressive so far. So much that a lot of journalists and analysts are now considering him like a top coach of the same caliber as Simeone or Guardiola. Here are five reasons why Zidane is a world class manager.
HE ALREADY WON A MAJOR TITLE
Only six months after taking position as the manager of Real Madrid, Zizou wins the Champion’s League on his first attempt, 14 years after his legendary 2002 final goal that sealed the ninth edition of the competition. Zidane succeeds where others failed for many years. The victory against all time rival Atlético Madrid made the context even more special.
HE HOLDS INCREDIBLE STATS
At the time of this article Zinedine Zidane and his team are running a 31 straight game serie without defeat. The Real Madrid is currently leading the Spanish Liga with 33 points, 7 points ahead their best enemy Barcelona (Barcelona still just a week away from the first clasico of 2016-2017. Real Madrid has not lost a game since April 22nd, it was in Champions League against Wolfsburg).
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HIS ENORMOUS CHARISMA
Zidane’s charisma is enormous. Since he first took responsibility of the team, Zidane perfectly managed the egos of his group. He has also strengthened his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo who has tremendous respect for Zizou. His incredible career as a player gives him unlimited credit in the locker room. Zidane is a world class manager because of his natural leadership skills.
HE ALREADY COUNTS ICONIC WINS
In the past year, Zidane has proven that he is a real tactician. During the first year as the head coach of Real Madrid, he has won it all: he won finals, he won clasicos, he won derbys; but his latest away victory against Atlético really seems to have put Zidane on another level. Winning 0-3 in Vicente-Caldéron with a Hat Trick of Cristiano Ronaldo without, Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Benzema (entered at the 80th minute) is truly exceptional.
HIS WINNING MENTALITY
What makes Zidane unique is his ability to win. He was a winner as a player and is still a winner as a head coach. His message is evidently coming across loud and clear to his players and he is proving his ability to transmit his winning culture. He is succeeding where many were promising hell.
Yes, without a doubt, Zinedine Zidane is a world class manager, and his journey is just starting.