David Beckham posted a lovely tribute to the newly-appointed Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane on Instagram on Monday evening - and now another of Zizou’s ex-teammates, Ronaldo, has followed suit.
The Brazilian legend, who played alongside Zidane with Los Blancos for four years, expressed his delight after his old friend was handed the reins at arguably the biggest football club on the planet.
While many have called the appointment a gamble - this is Zidane’s senior role as a head coach - Ronaldo believes Florentino Perez has made a shrewd appointment. (Scroll down to see Ronaldo’s Instagram post).
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“Good luck, Zizou!” Ronaldo wrote, alongside a photo of Zidane coaching Real Madrid Castilla. “#RealMadrid is in safe hands!”
Perez is a huge fan of Zidane and will be desperately hoping the French World Cup winner hits the ground running at the Bernabeu.
Zidane has to hit the ground running
The 43-year-old, who called time on his playing career after the 2006 World Cup final, begins his Real Madrid tenure with a home match against Deportivo on Saturday. He then faces a series of winnable games against Sporting Gijon, Real Betis, Espanyol, Granada and Athletic Bilbao before the Champions League last-16 first leg clash against AS Roma on February 17.
It’s important for Zidane to win most - if not all - of those matches in order to convince the Real Madrid players, fans and officials that he is the right man for the job despite his lack of experience.
Failure to make a big impression from the outset and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Zidane will find himself out a job before the end of the season.
This is Real Madrid we’re talking about, after all.
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