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Zinedine Zidane reacts badly to Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty against Malaga.

Zinedine Zidane reacts badly to Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty against Malaga

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Zinedine Zidane was calmness personified on the pitch for the most part during his playing career but, as we all know, he was prone to losing his temper on occasions.

And when he lost his temper, he really lost his temper. His headbutt on Marco Materazzi at the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin - his final game as a professional footballer - is now one of the most iconic, and infamous, images in football history.

Zidane has a very similar demeanour as a coach. Although he’s cool, calm and collected for the most part, we saw at the weekend that the Frenchman still sees the red mist from time to time.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the player who made Zidane lose his rag - and the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is unlikely to be impressed with his manager’s reaction, particularly as he’d scored three minutes earlier to put Real Madrid 1-0 ahead against Malaga at La Rosaleda.

Zidane threw his hand towards the ground in anger and then started shouting something - perhaps ‘I would have buried that!’ - before refocusing on the action.

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Video: Zidane reacts to Cristiano's missed penalty

Costly miss for Real Madrid

It proved to be a costly miss for Los Blancos, who were held to a 1-1 draw. Raúl Albentosa, on loan from Derby County, secured a hard-earned point for Malaga with a 66th-minute equaliser.

Malaga CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Real Madrid are now very unlikely to win La Liga. The gap between themselves and Barcelona opened up to nine points over the weekend and it’s difficult to envisage Luis Enrique’s formidable team throwing away such a significant advantage.

Zidane remains unbeaten

Zidane, though, remains unbeaten since taking over from Rafael Benitez last month.

The former France international has won six of his first eight matches in charge of the Spanish giants, including an impressive 2-0 victory away to AS Roma in the Champions League last 16 first leg last week.

AS Roma v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

It’s fair to assume that Zidane will not have criticised Ronaldo for missing his penalty - all great players miss penalties - but he couldn’t hide his frustration at that moment.

The missed spot-kick allowed Malaga back into the game and the Andalusian outfit took full advantage.

Ronaldo scoring big goals again

Ronaldo appears to be enjoying his football again under Zidane and has scored some big goals in recent weeks - including two against Athletic Bilbao and the opening goal at the Stadio Olimpico last week.

The 31-year-old has scored a magnificent 34 goals in 32 appearances this season and, despite speculation surrounding his future last year, it’s hard to imagine that Real Madrid will be open to selling their prized asset this summer.

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Topics:
Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
Zinedine Zidane

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