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Zidane ’s departure has greater impact than that of King Ronaldo

Clarence Seedorf played for the Los Blancos from1996-2000, before moving to Italy – spending two years with Inter Milan, another 10 with rival AC Milan, and eventually ending his playing career with Botafogo in 2014.

According to him, the departure of Zidane, a one-time team mate at the Bernebeu has left more vacuum at the club than the goal-poaching vacuum left by Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the summer.

In his first two seasons as manager, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League twice, a La Liga title, a Supercopa de España, and both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice.

In 2018, Zidane led Real Madrid to another UEFA Champions League, his third in a row, becoming the only coach in the history of football to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles.

In an exclusive with Marca, Seedorf posited that Zidane leaving the Blancos had created inevitable difficulties.

The 41-year-old remarked: “Cristiano was considered a king in Madrid and he guaranteed goals for the team.

“If Cristiano was still in the team then Los Blancos would have more confidence in themselves, but I don’t believe the results would have been so different. It’s likely that the exit of Zidane has had a far greater impact because the way of working has changed.

Whoever had replaced him would have needed to do a special job in order to have immediate success and overcome the inevitable initial difficulties.”

Ronaldo produced a total of 450 goals in 438 outings for the Madrid – making him the Club’s all-time scorer.

In his nine years stay in Spain, the now Juventus player guided Real Madrid to 15 trophies, but Seedorf argued that the bulk of the success lied much within the team than the contribution of the five times Ballon D’Or winner.

“At Real Madrid every single player is important, but it’s the team which makes the difference. It’s thanks to how the whole team plays that an individual player is able to make his mark.

“If the right conditions created by the team don’t exist, then a single player will not make a difference. Even when Ronaldo was there, Los Blancos wasn’t just him on his own. Great teams don’t depend on just one player if they are serious about winning,” the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon coach added.

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