Football: Pirlo, Zidane, Other retired footballers excelling as a manager in their former clubs
Andrea Pirlo, Zinedine Zidane, Frank Lampard, Ronald Koeman, and Diego Simeone are few out of ex-footballers who were successful as a footballer for their clubs and are currently excelling as a manager in the club.
Andrea Pirlo played for Juventus between 2011-2015 and in that period, the iconic Italian won the Italian Serie A four times during his playing time with the Old Lady. Pirlo also won the Coppa Italia once and the Supercoppa Italiana Twice with the Italian giant.
Andrea Pirlo returned to Juventus after ending his footballing career to replace Maurizio Sarri as Juventus manager in July 2020. The 41-year- old led Juventus to another Scudetto title last season in his first year in charge of the Old Lady.
Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid in 2001 from Juventus for a fee reported to be around €77.5M. Zizou, as he is fondly called by his fans was the latest addition to Real Madrid’s Galacticos era alongside David Beckham and other world stars.
Zidane won six trophies with Real Madrid as a player including one La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League. The French international retired from active football in 2006.
Real Madrid hired Zidane as their new coach in 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked by the Spanish giant. The former World Cup winner has won 11 trophies including the UEFA Champions League three times during his ongoing managerial spell at Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane returned to Real Madrid in March,2020 to lead the team again following their poor run under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
Frank Lampard is arguably one of the greatest footballers to ever play for Chelsea. The English international joined Chelsea from West Ham United in 2001 and he played for the West Londoner till 2014.
Frank Lampard won 13 trophies including the UEFA Champions Leagues and three English Premier League titles as a player for Chelsea.
The Englishman returned to Chelsea as a manager in 2019 to lead the Blues after Maurizio Sarri was axed. Lampard returned Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League as he also bid to win the English Premier League with them. He is also giving the youngsters with the team more playing opportunities with Mason Mount and Recce James getting more playing time under him.
Ronald Koeman joined Barcelona as a player from PSV in 1989 and played for them till 1995. Koeman won ten trophies with Barcelona during his stint with the Catalan giant.
The Dutchman replaced Quique Setien as the new Barcelona manager in August 2020, to lead the Spanish giant.
Diego Simeone had two stints as a player for Athletico Madrid between 1994-1997 and between 2003-2005. The Argentine won two trophies as a player for Athletico Madrid during his two stints.
Diego Simeone joined Athletico Madrid as a Manager in 2011. The 50-year-old has won 6 trophies with Athletico Madrid.