Despite the fact that football is played by eleven players, the manager is the architect or genius behind everything that occurs on the field. The current crop of managers is among the best in the game's history. Several clubs currently have some of the best football minds in charge.
Some managers have been with their clubs for a long period, while others are very new to the scene. Let's take a look at four managers who could be honored with a statue outside the stadium.
There isn't much Zidane hasn't accomplished in his time with the club, both as a player and as a manager. Zidane was a mainstay in midfield as a player, pulling strings and scoring goals.
Many consider Zidane to be one of the best footballers of all time, and he is regarded as one of the best playmakers of all time. With Los Blancos, he won a La Liga title and a UEFA Champions League triumph, and he is unquestionably one of the most influential players of the Galacticos period.
When he took over as manager of Real Madrid in 2016, Zidane set a slew of records in just four years. As the manager of Real Madrid, Zidane oversaw one of the most talented squads in the modern period, winning two La Liga titles.
His greatest feat as a manager is his UEFA Champions League record. Zidane became the first man to win three Champions League titles in a row, a feat long thought unattainable.
He holds several more records as a player and manager, including being the only manager in the modern period to win three European titles in a succession. Zidane will be recognized as one of Real Madrid's most significant figures for the rest of his life.
2. Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola, a legend of both Barcelona and Manchester City, is one of the few people on this list who deserves two monuments, one at each club. Pep has been a footballer with Barelona for almost a decade.
Pep was an important element of the Blaugrana system as a defensive midfielder. As a footballer, he won six La Liga titles and three domestic cups.
Pep took over as manager of the club in 2008 and went on to assemble one of the best football squads of all time. Pep won three La Liga titles as a manager, managing legends like as Xavi, Iniesta, and Lionel Messi. In the 2008-09 season, he also won two UEFA Champions League titles, completing an unparalleled sextuple.
Pep took over as head coach of Manchester City in 2016 and has had incredible success since then. He already has three Premier League crowns and one FA Cup, and he appears to be on track to win many more trophies.
Pep Guardiola is currently the manager of one of Europe's best teams, and there is little doubt that he will continue to be the most successful coach in both clubs' histories for many years to come.
3. Jurgen Klopp
Klopp had a huge task ahead of him when he took over the club in 2015. Klopp was assigned the challenge of making Liverpool a competitive club again, while being given a subpar squad.
To say he has lived up to the expectations in the six years since is an understatement. Klopp's accomplishments are quite remarkable: he has won one Premier League title and one UEFA Champions League title, as well as reaching the final on another occasion.
Klopp also allowed Liverpool to compete with teams like Manchester City and Chelsea, which have significantly more financial resources. Many people have credited Klopp for bringing Liverpool back from the brink.
He's also made a habit of taking seemingly mediocre guys and turning them into world-class players. It's no easy task to lead the club to their first Premier League title. Klopp is adored by Liverpool fans all over the world and will be remembered for the rest of the club's history.
4. Diego Simeone
Simeone is a Rojiblancos legend, having played for the club twice. His first tenure at Atletico was in 1994, when he played for three years before returning six years later.
Simeone was a talented player who was described as a versatile midfielder. Simeone etched his mark into the history books of Atletico Madrid when he became the club's coach in 2011.
Simeone has gone on to become one of the club's most successful managers in the last 10 years. Simeone has won La Liga twice, a remarkable achievement given Real Madrid and Barcelona's domestic supremacy.
He's also won the UEFA Europa League twice and finished second in the UEFA Champions League twice. Simeone has also developed a reputation for getting the most out of his players.
Despite having a smaller budget than his direct competitors, he has done some smart business to allow Atletico to compete at the highest level. He is unquestionably deserving of a statue outside the Wanda Metropolitano to honor his contributions to the club.
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