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David Beckham Pays Tribute to Zinedine Zidane After Champions League Win

David Beckham Pays Tribute to Zinedine Zidane After Champions League Win

David Beckham has paid tribute to Zinedine Zidane after he led Real Madrid to the Champions League.

The Spanish giants recorded their 11th win in the competition with their 5-4 penalty shootout victory over rivals Atletico tonight.

Real had led in the game 1-0 thanks to Sergio Ramos’ first-half opener, but found themselves pegged back going into the final 10 minutes when Yannick Carrasco equalised.

There were no more goals in normal time or extra time – meaning the final had to be settled on penalties.

And it was Real who kept their nerve best, with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting their fifth and decisive penalty after Juanfran missed his for Atletico.

Not only is the win another in Real’s hugely impressive European Cup record, it’s Zidane’s first trophy as a manager – just five months after he took over from Rafa Benitez at the club.

Beckham would have been delighted to see his old team get the victory – and particularly happy that one of his good friends had achieved success too.

He wrote this on Instagram after the game:

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Zidane’s managerial career couldn’t have got off to a better start with the landmark Champions League win.

Real were already out of the Copa del Rey by the time he took over from Benitez and also found himself playing catch up to Barcelona in the league.

But they recovered to finish the season just one point off Barca in second and now European champions.

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