Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid coach reveals incredible sacrifices in journey to reach legendary status


Zidane, 46, won three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles and a LaLiga trophy during his first foray into club management also spent the last five years of his playing career in the famous white shirt in Madrid.

During the time alongside the Galacticos; Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Raul, he won the Champions League and LaLiga too - which furthers his reputation as a club legend.

However, the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner has explained the hardships he needed to endure to be regarded as a Los Blancos and France icon.

"It was clear to me from the start," he told OTRO, as per Marca. "All I wanted to do was play football. But I had difficulties at school and my parents told me off.

"I knew full well that I didn't have an ideal attitude. Then, one day they told me: 'we know you have something on your mind, so do what you want to do.'

"Once I had my parents' permission, I focused on giving everything to achieve what I wanted to. On arriving at Cannes, I saw professionals training and told myself: 'I want to do this.'

"From this moment on, I did everything I could to become the best."

After joining his first professional club Cannes, in the French top-flight as a fresh-faced 17-year-old, Zidane admits he changed the way he lived dramatically.

"I slept well, I wasn't an idiot going around bars, I only drank water and did stretches," he said. "I put everything into becoming the best player possible, I had to do it at all costs.

"This is how I could make my parents happy, because it was my life, but I also did it to make them proud. To make yourself known, and then play, you had to be good, not like today.

"First you had to show that you were different to everyone else, because at the time there were a limited number of players - only one or two youngsters per team.

"Today it's all changed, it goes much quicker, and as for the players, they're no longer afraid of making mistakes."

Zidane amassed 792 appearances for club and country during his 18-year playing career, winning 14 major titles.