Here’s a pretty incredible stat: Zinedine Zidane has won more trophies with Real Madrid than he has lost matches.
The Frenchman took over at the Bernabéu in January of 2016, with many doubting if such an inexperienced manager should be taking charge at one of the biggest clubs in the world – no matter how good a player he was.
Before taking over in Madrid, Zidane had never coached at the club level, with his only management experience the year and a half he spent as coach of Real Madrid’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla.
But appointing Zidane appears to have been a masterstroke by Madrid’s bosses.
Real are currently on a 37-match unbeaten streak stretching all the way back to April of 2016, when they lost to VfL Wolfsburg in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Zidane lost two matches in his first three months in charge, and he hasn’t done it again since.
During that time, Madrid have won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup, meaning Zidane now has more trophies at the club than he has match defeats.
The club also continues to ride high, currently top of La Liga and having succesfully negotiated the group stages of the Champions League.
Great players don’t always make great managers, but Zidane appears to mastering the job beautifully.
He must be thinking this management business is pretty easy stuff!