The manager Zinedine Zidane has played with some of the greats of the game.
There are the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who he has managed for three seasons. There are also greats like Sergio Ramos, the champions’ captain of Real and Luka Modric, the midfielder who won the Ballon d’Or.
However, the manager has a favorite – Toni Kroos.
“He will be remembered as a spectacular player, one of the best in the world in his position,” Zidane told Real France.
“When I arrived, well, you can imagine, I was really happy to be his coach.
“It’s true when I retire I will be able to say that I trained Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Gareth] Bale, [Luka] Modric, [Sergio] Ramos. But I will also say I coached Toni Kroos.
“It is impressive to see him train every day. How professional [he is]. Talking about him is talking about someone extraordinary.”
“He is so good that he could play as a six or even as a 10,” Zidane added. “You put him in and he adapts. His main virtue is his serenity, he’s calm.
“He’s not nervous and loves reaching out to shoot from distance as much as making a back pass. The ease with which he plays with both feet is fascinating to me. You could come to think that he’s a naturally left-footed player.
“Toni is a very quiet and reserved boy. But when he speaks, he speaks to anyone: his coach, managers, teammates. He does not stop. I have seen many discussions in which his participation has ended up being key.”