These days you are obligated to wax lyrical about Zinedine Zidane’s coaching ability.
The French gaffer has led Real Madrid to two Champions League crowns and is still considered to be in the infancy of his managerial career.
For all his man-management, tactical nous and promotion of youth, he’s got a long way to go before he eclipses his achievements in the game as a player.
Back in 2006 he was awarded the Golden Ball for his virtuoso performances in the World Cup.
And then retired.
It was clear Zizou still had plenty more to offer the sport when he decided to hang up his boots so it comes as no surprise that he still bosses Real Madrid training.
Speaking to ESPN, Casemiro revealed that Zidane sometimes joins in with training and “ends up being the best player” even at the age of 45.
Further evidence that class truly is permanent.
Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder also revealed that he was in awe of Zidane when he first arrived in Spain from Sao Paulo.
“At first I was embarrassed to speak to him,” Casemiro said, “but now it’s more natural.”
One of Zidane’s greatest successes as a manager has been the effectiveness of Casemiro as a holding midfielder.
The 25-year-old’s presence in front of the back four has allowed Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco to influence games further up the field.
Good to know that if a injury crisis ever hits Madrid’s midfield then Zidane is more than capable of filling in.