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11 Footballers Who Became Managers

There is a common trend in football for players to turn to management after they have hung up their boots. Here are 11 of the best current managers who used to be footballers, including Bafana Bafana's greatest goalscorer and a Real Madrid legend.

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Zinedine Zidane is enjoying his second stint as Los Blancos manager, having previously led the club to three Uefa Champions League titles, and was also a highly successful player. The 47-year-old turned out for Real, Juventus, Bordeaux and Cannes during his playing career, and won the 1998 Fifa World Cup with France too.

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Another highly successful player-turned-manager is fellow Frenchman Didier Deschamps. The current France manager is one of only three players who won the World Cup as both a player and manager, having done so in 1998 and 2018.

The Premier League managerial list is also filled with former players. Reigning champions Manchester City have former FC Barcelona midfielder Pep Guardiola as their manager, while Chelsea and Manchester United turned to former stars Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent months.

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Cape Town City manager Benni McCarthy is also enjoying his first foray into management after enjoying a glittering career with the likes of FC Porto and Blackburn Rovers. The 41-year-old hung up his boots in 2013, and remains Bafana Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer. 

Who do you think is the best manager in the world at the moment? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

 

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