Real Madrid CF welcomed back one of its own on Friday, naming former Balon d'Or and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane "liaison between the President and the players." Zidane had previously expressed his interest in taking on a higher-profile roll with the club, and working closely with Madrid coach José Mourinho, who had petitioned the club to re-hire Zidane to this position.
"Zizou" was previously only an informal adviser to los blancos President Florentino Pérez, helping specifically in scouting talent, and convincing players to sign for Madrid.
Zidane's duties will primarily focus on the Champions League: he will travel with players to fixtures throughout Europe and work directly with them and Mourinho during training. Real Madrid has not confirmed whether Zidane will eventually replace any of the existing bench coaches on Mourinho's staff, and it is unclear whether he will play mainly a sporting or executive roll in the daily operations of the club.
The Frenchman played with Madrid from the 2001-2002 campaign up until his retirement after the 2006 World Cup. During his tenure with los vikingos he won one European Champions League and one La Liga championship: he famously scored the match-winning goal in the final of the 2002 Champions League against Bayern Leverkusen.
He ended his career with Madrid having appeared in 225 matches, and scored 49 goals.