Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was named as the top coach in world football at FIFA’s The Best ceremony on Monday night.
The Frenchman, who came runner-up to Claudio Ranieri in this category last year, beat fellow finalists Antonio Conte of Chelsea and AC Milan’s Massimiliano Allegri.
But none of the aforementioned Italians had a genuine chance of winning this prize ahead of Zidane, who helped Real become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League in June.
Zidane has also led Real to La Liga, FIFA Club World Cup, Supercopa de Espana and UEFA Super Cup glory over the past 12 months.
He was presented with the award by former Leicester boss Ranieri.
Collecting the award, Zidane began his victory speech apologetically by saying: ‘My English is very bad.’
He then went onto pay credit to Conte and Allegri.
Zidane also name-checked Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marcelo, who are expected to be named in the Best XI.
More to follow.