In remarks granted to Betfair, the Ballon d'Or 1999 once again defended Zinédine Zidane, the French coach of Real Madrid.

Former player of FC Barcelona and AC Milan, Rivaldo, Ballon d'Or in 1999, is today Betfair ambassador, for which he comments on sports news. Used to talk about hot issues linked to Spanish clubs, such as Barça and Real Madrid, the honest Brazilian has sometimes very clear positions.

This week, he was invited to discuss the files leading to Zinédine Zidane, the coach of Real Madrid. Regularly criticized in recent months, the Frenchman has always believed in his work and in his team. While the Madrilenians are gradually raising their heads, Rivaldo believes that Zinédine Zidane is the man for the job.

"Zidane can still guide Real to a successful season"

"I really find it hard to understand the criticisms of Zidane. Having won three consecutive Champions Leagues and winning another La Liga after so much time, he has shown that he is an excellent coach who deserves no doubt not his job ", thus entrusted the Ballon d'Or 1999, who wishes to take stock at the end of the season.

"Zidane can still guide Real to a successful season if he continues to develop his work so solid. He is close to leading in La Liga and he has just won a vital game against Atalanta. The press and the public should be expected. wait until the end of the season before evaluating his work, "he added, before bringing up the case of Vinicius Junior.

"Many believe he missed too many opportunities to be a regular starter at Real Madrid but for me, he is a player who can make a difference in games. He has done it before, he has shown it. "He will be a great player in the future.

He just needs to keep improving his skills to finish the actions better and score more regularly," said Rivaldo. Only 20 years old, his young compatriot has indeed still many years ahead of him to raise his level of play.