Cristiano Ronaldo has explained the unique qualities of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and revealed what the Frenchman used to say to him during their successful period together with Los Blancos.
CR7: What Zidane told me at Real
Ronaldo, 34, left Real at the end of the 2017/18 season in a club-record switch to Juventus after lifting the UEFA Champions league title in three successive seasons with Zidane.
Under the guidance of the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner also won the 2016/17 LaLiga title and amidst his current struggles in his second stint - the Portugal international has heaped praise on his influence.
"The confidence that a player needs doesn't only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach," Ronaldo told DAZN.
"You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special. He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more.
"That's because of what he's like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me. He'd tell me, 'Cris, relax and just play your game - you are the one who is going to make the difference.'
"He was always honest with me and that's why I'll always have a real affection for him."
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