Zinedine Zidane was a terrific free-kick taker during his playing career and it seems the current Real Madrid head coach has still got the magic touch, almost ten years after hanging up his boots.
Marca, citing Spanish website Sportyou, have revealed an interesting story about a free-kick face-off between Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in training earlier this week.
While Ronaldo was practising his dead-ball strikes, Zidane reportedly walked up to the three-time Ballon d’Or winner and joked: "Watch and learn how to take a free-kick”.
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The pair gave themselves 10 free-kicks each but Ronaldo, whose record from set-pieces is a little sketchy, only managed to find the back of the net twice.
Zizou, on the other hand, scored from almost every attempt. The World Cup winner has clearly still got it.
Ronaldo attempted to give Zidane a piggyback
Rather than getting the hump with defeat in the friendly challenge, though, Ronaldo was reportedly thrilled and even attempted to give his boss a piggyback.
It’s hard to imagine the same thing happening under Rafa Benitez.
Ronaldo, it’s understood, was “delighted” after Real Madrid sacked Benitez earlier this month but was frustrated so much time had been lost under the Spanish coach.
Real Madrid flourishing under Zidane
Los Blancos have started very well under Zidane, scoring ten goals in their first two matches with the Frenchman in charge and conceding just once.
Perhaps the competition with Zidane in training will improve Ronaldo’s accuracy from free-kicks this season.
Who was the better free-kick taker at their peak: Zinedine Zidane or Cristiano Ronaldo? Let us know by leaving a comment below.