CR7 & Zidane linked with surprise reunion

Ligue 1

Having enjoyed a hugely successful spell together at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have now been linked with a surprise reunion.

Ronaldo and Zidane spent two-and-a-half seasons together with Los Blancos between 2016 and 2018, during which they inspired the club to three UEFA Champions League titles, two FIFA Club World Cup trophies and one LaLiga crown.

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Both player and manager left the club ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, with Ronaldo joining Juventus and Zidane taking a sabbatical, although the latter returned less than a year later following Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari's respective dismissals.

Now, investor Mohamed Ayachi Ajroud is hoping to reunite the pair in Zidane's birthplace of Marseille, where his consortium is preparing a takeover bid for Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille.

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Although the takeover is still some way from completion, Arjoud revealed that he would love to one day bring the 2017 Best FIFA Football Coach to the Stade Velodrome in future.

"A new coach? The one in place [Andre Villas-Boas] is very good but what would be better than bringing back a local lad? Zinedine Zidane? The future will tell us," he told Le Figaro. 

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The 68-year-old French-Tunisian businessman also revealed that he was a keen admirer of Ronaldo and that it would be a dream come true to sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner for Marseille.

"...A player that I will never forget is Cristiano Ronaldo," Arjoud added.

"I like respect and discipline. He embodies that. Do I dream of signing him for Marseille? Everything is possible in life. He is generous and gives a lot.

"It makes me vibrate. It would be a dream to have him in Marseille but that is the task of [potential future club president] Mourad Boudjellal [to make it happen]."

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