Zidane was reluctant to become a coach

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has revealed he wasn't keen on becoming a coach after hanging up his boots, but is now happy he did.

As a player, Zidane was considered one of the greats of the game and won numerous titles at club and international level, while also earning personal accolades.

The Frenchman won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid in 2002. He also claimed the Ballon d'Or in 1998 and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000, and 2003.

Despite his success on the pitch, Zidane was reluctant to go into coaching when he retired in 2006. However, since taking over the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2016 he has won two Champions League titles, La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

"When I retired, I had no desire to be a coach, didn't want to do it at all," Zidane told AS at a legends event in Limoges, France.

"I wanted to stop, do something else [but] then I realised that I had to continue with challenges in my life. I prepared for this. Today, I am a coach and happy for it.

"As I left school very early, I had to prepare. I did two years as manager, three as a coach. It took five years to get ready. For me, that was an obligation."