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.
Real Madrid‘s Gareth Bale played for the first time in four pre-season matches on Sunday to suggest he could yet regain his place under coach Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking after a 2-2 draw with Roma, which the Spanish side lost 5-4 on a penalty shoot-out – 7-6 overall – the Madrid coach insisted that he still considers both James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale part of his team.
Madrid are looking to overhaul their squad after a disappointing season in which they were out of contention for any major title several weeks before the end of the campaign.
“James and Bale are players of this club, they are both in the team. We count on all the players we have, then something could happen until the 31st, but they are Real Madrid players and as the coach I need to count on all the players, ” Zidane said when asked if James Rodriguez and Bale are still part of his plans going into the new season.
Watch Zidane’s full thoughts above.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane shied away from queries regarding the possibility of the club signing Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.
The Brazilian has strongly been linked to a move out of the French capital, with PSG director Leonardo confirming that the player could return to La Liga. However, his destination is still not confirmed, with El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Madrid tussling for his signature.
When asked about the possibility of signing Neymar, Zidane preferred to remain tight-lipped. He maintained that he will continue to work with the current roster and try to achieve the objectives.
However, he did admit that anything can happen in the three weeks before the transfer window closes.
“We are going to play with the roster we have. Anything can happen then, as you said there are three more weeks (before the end of the transfer window), but the reality is the team that we have now. We know we need to play a great season, and nothing else,” he said after his team’s defeat to Roma on penalties in their final pre-season friendly.
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