On the heels of the latest news that Real Madrid have fired manager Rafa Benitez is that they have hired Zinedine Zidane as their replacement manager. Zidane will take over immediately and has already been introduced by club president Florentino Perez.
Photo confirmation of Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid manager. (Source: L’Equipe) pic.twitter.com/WuKmC2X1Mj
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Benitez was fired after the club fell to third place in La Liga following a 2-2 draw against Valencia this past week. He was hired back in June but won less than 70% of his matches – the worst winning percentage since Juande Ramos in 2008 to 2009.
Zidane served as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti from 2013 to 2014, ultimately taking over as manager of Real Madrid Castilla in 2014.
As a player, Zidane was one of the best midfielder in the history of French football, winning countless individual accolades and the 1998 Ballon d’Or. In 1998 he helped France win the FIFA World Cup, scoring two of the three goals in a 3-0 win over the reigning champions Brazil.
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