By FOX Sports Staff
Zidane had enthralled the fans over a five-year spell that earned him plaudits aplenty for his dribbling and creative talents. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2003 and left a significant impression at the Santiago Bernabeu.
After retiring from the sport, Zidane joined the club as a director of football and has earned his coaching badges in order to become second-in-command to new coach Carlo Ancelotti this term.
It's a move that has delighted Ozil as the German playmaker admitted that he grew up following Zidane's exploits in the previous decade.
"I discovered Zizou [Zidane] at the World Cup in France, in '98," the 24-year-old told So Sport magazine.
"From that moment on I always asked to be Real Madrid or the France national team when playing video games.
"When I saw him make a move, I looked for it on YouTube. I wrote 'Zinedine Zidane' in the search bar and watched his videos.
"I said to myself 'I have to do that on the pitch'. It turned out I could imitate his moves quite quickly. I've never seen so much charisma on the pitch."
Ozil usurped Kaka as Madrid's chief playmaker and is expected to play an integral part under Ancelotti as the Italian bids to reintroduce an attacking style of play at the club.