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Zinedine Zidane made the Real Madrid players run the Bernabeu stairs on New Year’s Eve

The Frenchman was not letting the players get on with their celebrations until they had completed the Rocky Balboa style training

You all know the scene from Rocky Balboa where he’s training on the stairs.

Eye of the Tiger is blaring in the background as he races up them somewhere in America.

Now imagine Cristiano Ronaldo doing it, but on the stairs of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.

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You want me to do what Gaffer?

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You want me to do what Gaffer?

According to a story from MARCA, Zinedine Zidane made the Real Madrid stars scale the Bernabeu stairs as part of their training regime on New Year’s Eve.

While most people would have been preparing their parties and enjoying some time off Zidane put the players through a gruelling session.

Once the squad had finished with their ball-related exercises, Zidane and Antonio Pintus, Real Madrid fitness coach, got them to put trainers on and begin running up and down the stairs in the stadium.

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They look fitter don’t they?

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They look fitter don’t they?

The pampered stars were made to tread on every stair, without missing one, from the first row to the last row of the lower tier.

They had to get up and down the flight repeatedly without a break between exercises as Zidane aimed to use the winter break as a mini pre-season.

With the team already 14 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and its only January, there has already been speculation surrounding Zidane’s position as manager.

Important reminder; he has won the Champions League twice in his last two season.

He might seem kind but clearly Zidane has a tough side

He might seem kind but clearly Zidane has a tough side

MARCA spoke to some experts who said this type of exercise ‘does not reflect movement on the pitch and can cause some physical strain’.

So maybe it was just Zidane putting his players through the ringer because of their poor league form so far.

Everyone hates fitness work.