Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had celebrated his 45th birthday on Friday and there were plenty of wishes from all around the world.
However, the most notable greetings came from his rival Ronaldinho who played for Barcelona during the Frenchman’s time as a player at Real Madrid. The duo played against each other numerous occasions while playing for their respective nations and also their clubs.
Despite their on-field rivalry, they always respected each other and are still considered two of the all time greats in football. The Brazilian has put a warm greeting message to his compatriot on Instagram sharing his photo.
“Happy birthday, my friend,” Ronaldinho wrote on Instagram.
“You are one of those who I had the most pleasure playing against on the pitch.
“Sometimes winning and sometimes losing, I was always happy to play against one of the world’s best players of all time.
“Congratulations too for your incredible career as a coach.
“You are a great champion who knows how to understand and how to direct a team.”
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Parabéns meu amigo @zidane. Você é um dos caras com quem mais tive o prazer de dividir os gramados. Algumas vezes ganhando, outras perdendo, mas sempre com a alegria de encontrar um dos melhores jogadores do mundo, de todos os tempos. Parabéns também pela sua incrível trajetória como treinador, um grande campeão, que sabe entender e gerir um grupo! Feliz aniversário, meu amigo!
The Frenchman is currently on a holiday in Italy with his family and is taking his time off from football. He is arguably the best manager in Europe right now as he helped Real Madrid win back to back Champions League titles in his 18-month reign at Santiago Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, Ronaldinho has recently stopped playing the game in 2015 after his stint with Fluminense and is currently is at his former club Barcelona. He is currently the club ambassador for Blaugrana.
It is good to see that both the legends get along so well despite having such illustrious careers and also the fact that they currently hold high positions at Real Madrid and Barcelona, biggest arch rivals in football history.