Carlo Ancelotti wasn't asked who has been the best footballer he has managed in his entire career, but who is the one who has amazed him the most in training among all the great figures he has worked with during his career as a coach in the elite. The fact is that the Italian has in his impressive work record passes through the most important clubs in the world, where in all of them he obtained relevant titles.
In AC Milan he coincided with figures such as Kaká, Paolo Maldini, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazário, Andrea Pirlo or Clarence Seedorf. In Chelsea he guided leaders like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba or John Terry. At PSG he had Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham. At Real Madrid he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos or Sergio Ramos. And at Bayern Munich he was champion with talents such as Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry or Philipp Lahm.
So, looking at all those names, you will realize that it is not very easy to give an answer. However, Carletto didn't suffer much to answer. The he chosen of him was a genius whom he met when he was the coach of Juventus and who later brought his talent to Real Madrid. His name from him? Nothing more and nothing less than Zinedine Zidane.
"Who is the footballer who has surprised you the most in training?",they asked him in an interview with the official Everton media. And the Italian coach answered, without hesitation: “I think that in training, the best footballer was Zidane. Zidane was capable of doing incredible things in training. I have a fantastic memory of him”. “In training he was the best. The technical ability with the ball… he was able to do really impressive things”, he concluded.
Zidane impressed in training, but also in big games. As a footballer he was World Cup champion scoring in the final, UEFA Champions League champion scoring in the final and Eurocup champion being MVP of the entire tournament. Without a doubt, one of the greatest of all time.