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Mido criticizes Zidane’s second managerial stint, Eto’o reveals past Real Madrid links and a Galacticos reunion

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Mido criticizes Zidane’s second managerial stint at Real Madrid

Former Ajax and Egyptian striker Mido was recently interviewed by AS where he revealed his disagreement with Real Madrid bringing back Zinedine Zidane as manager for a second term.

“I really like Real Madrid. They are my favorite team in the league.”

“From my point of view, Zidane didn’t add anything to Madrid [in his second stint]. As there is a saying that says, ‘Do not marry the same woman twice’.”

I would believe Real Madrid and the supporters would fortunately disagree with Mido’s assessment here. Given how terrible Los Blancos were in the 2018-19 season, Zidane has managed Real Madrid to a Supercopa de España win this season. They were also two points behind Barcelona in LaLiga before the season postponed. And despite being down in the aggregate, Real were still playing in the Champions League.

Let’s not forget also that the only this is a return was because Zidane had stepped down himself as manager. It was not seemingly the case that Real Madrid wanted a different manager. Zidane should’ve never left to begin with and he is clearly a step above both Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari as Real Madrid manager.

Eto’o reveals why he never would’ve joined Real Madrid despite links

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o revealed in an interview with MARCA why he would’ve never signed with Real Madrid during his transfer saga from Mallorca.

“Not even if they paid me a billion euros was I going to Real Madrid, because I wouldn’t have been happy. I’m not a boy who can promise 50 goals, but what I can promise is that I will run.”

Eto’o spent several seasons on loan from Real Madrid after spending a season with La Fábrica.

He went on to become one of the best strikers in the world on his day. He would score over 100 goals for Barcelona and lift two Champions League trophies during the five seasons he spent there.

Obviously the match between the Cameroonian and Real Madrid wasn’t meant to be given the context from this interview. It would’ve been a great sight to see what it would’ve been like had he made a return to the Bernabéu in his prime.

Galacticos reunite on Instagram Live during quarantine

Ronaldo Nazário recently hosted an Instagram Live session with fellow Galacticos Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, David Beckham and Iker Casillas. MARCA translated some of the highlights from each of Ronaldo’s individual chats with his former teammates.

One of the key highlights was from the chat between Ronaldo and Figo reminiscing about the Galacticos period at Real Madrid.

Figo:

“We had the chance to bring talent together and also very humble people. All the time we spent together was special, all that allowed us to win. Despite being such well-known players, each one knew what to do and how he had to work.”

”That allowed us to have so many good moments.”

Ronaldo:

”I was happy training with you and the others.” We couldn’t win everything. Football is like that and it’s also the beautiful thing about football.”

The Instagram session is full of good content. This is just a piece showing the bond between some of the best players in the world during a generational and historical period at Real Madrid.

I will link the almost 90 minute discussion that is featured on MARCA’s Youtube page. The interviews are in Portuguese (Carlos and Figo), Spanish (Casillas), and English (Beckham).