Zinedine Zidane is a more popular figure than Rafa Benitez. You know this. It’s nothing to do with his ability as a coach. Benitez never stood a chance against the Frenchman because of what he did on the pitch.
A true legend of the game, players look up to Zidane and wish to emulate him, even to impress him.
A video from today’s Real Madrid training session shows Sergio Ramos scoring a golazo and calling to Zidane for approval. It’s a fascinating insight into how he’s regarded by the players.