The Portuguese superstar spoke in glowing terms about the Frenchman’s coaching skills as he revealed how Zidane made him feel special.
Ronaldo left Los Blancos in the summer of 2018 with Zidane stepping down prior to his mega move to Juventus.
The pair enjoyed great success together, winning three straight Champions League trophies with a La Liga title arriving in 2016/17 as well.
“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.”
Zidane returned to Real in March after the failures of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
The Madrid giants have since undergone a massive squad renovation ahead of the 2019/20 campaign as they aim to recapture previous glories.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, is tasked with ending Juve’s long wait for the Champions League trophy.
The Italians open their Serie A campaign against Parma on August 24 while Real Madrid’s La Liga season begins this Saturday with a trip to Celta Vigo.
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