Landing the Real job is huge for the 43-year-old Marseille man and it also offers him the chance to match his glorious playing achievements in the world of management.
Zidane is the 15th manager Real have had since 2003 and Perez has appointed someone with virtually no coaching experience to run the playing side of the richest club on the planet. It is an enormous gamble.
Without question, Zidane was a superb player and one of the best of his generation. David Beckham, former Real team-mate, described him as the “best ever” and Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Give me 10 pieces of wood and Zinedine Zidane and I’ll win the Champions League.”
The squad Zidane has inherited at the Bernabeu contains a vast array of talent and is almost an all-star team, but also contains a number of egos and personalities that will require careful management.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos were reportedly angered by the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. Benitez upset James Rodriguez with his team tinkerings. Isco was threatening to leave. Gareth Bale was believed to be a growing fan of Benitez.