Footballing legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed in an interview with French TV network Canal + that he is under more pressure now in his current role at Real Madrid than when he was playing.
Zidane retired in 2006, and has since worked with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and regularly plays in Madrid Veteran teams, and since has become part of the club's technical team.
The interview on the French channel was part of a documentary where the Galácticos talked about hanging up his boots and life since retirement.
“It seems such a long time ago now. It’s wasn’t a good time for me. If I could go back and do it again, I would have retired sooner. I’ve played at some great clubs; I was an international with France... I was playing 60 or 70 games per season and at the end of my playing career, I couldn’t give any more.”
When asked about his current role with the club Zinedine spoke frankly about his current role, after expressing his interest in coaching after retiring and joined up in 2010 following an appeal from then head coach Jose Mourinho.
Zidane now travels with the team and participates in events and functions for the club.
“At the beginning, I felt no need to be the one doing the talking. Now I feel as though I do need to say things – to the players, to the coach. It’s important to express what you think and not keep it bottled up inside.
"To be honest, I feel more under pressure now than I did when I was playing."
Zidane famously retired after being sent off in the 2006 World Cup final after head-butting Marco Materazzi.
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