Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos only combined once as players.
It came at La Rosaleda in December 2005 as the current Real Madrid captain headed in his current boss’s corner to score against Malaga.
Now, over 14 years later, the pair are a force once more, as a player and coach combination.
Zidane has always known how important Ramos is at Real Madrid, with the defender playing a key part in the club’s recent successes.
“He has to retire here,” Zidane said recently.
“There will be no problem with Sergio being here forever,” Florentino Perez echoed.
The respect between coach and captain is mutual.
“Zizou deserves more respect for everything he’s done for this club,” Ramos said after a win over Galatasaray in 2019.
Zidane‘s management of his squad could be opposed by the likes of James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, but Ramos‘ relationship with his boss transmits to the rest of the group.
“He should be valued. Everything Zizou touches turns to gold,” the centre-back said after securing this season’s LaLiga Santander title.
Ramos’ trophy haul under Zidane
Ramos has won 22 trophies as a Real Madrid player, with half of them coming under Zidane.
The Spaniard and the Frenchman have won three Champions Leagues, two LaLiga Santander titles, a Supercopa de Espana, a UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup together.
Compared to the 11 won with Zidane, Ramos has won four trophies with Carlo Ancelotti, three with Jose Mourinho, two with Bernd Schuster and one apiece with Fabio Capello and Santiago Solari.