Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane crowned FIFA Coach of the Yearby Jack Kitson / 24 October 2017, 12:30Tweet
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane beat off competition from Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Max Allegri (Juventus) to land the FIFA Men's Coach of the Year award.
Zidane, who became the first man to win both the Coach and Player award. enjoyed a stunning full season in management, leading Los Blancos to the Champions League and La Liga double.
In 2016 Zidane finished runner-up to Leicester City boss Cladio Ranieri, although he would have had few complaints, with the Italian a deserved winner after that stunning Premier League title success with the Foxes.
However, this time around Zidane was the obvious choice to bag the accolade, and after his name was called out, he said:
“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible.
“This is a very special prize."
The Frenchman has taken to management like a duck to water, winning numerous accolades since replacing Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid in January 2016.
Within six months he’d won the Champions League, which was followed by UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup success.
Last season he became the first manager to win back-to-back Champions League trophies, while he also hoisted La Liga for the first time as a manager - the club's first league title since 2011/12 - having also won it as a player (2002/03).
In the summer Zidane signed a new three-year contract and he’s now bidding to bag the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey treble, with Betway offering odds of 20/1 for the 45-year-old to achieve this stunning feat.