Three of the greatest player-coach duos in the modern era
Sportsbet.io sheds light on some of the most renowned player and coach relationships that have evolved in the last few decades.
Every great master-apprentice relationship throughout sporting history has had its moments of flamboyance and disagreements in equal proportions, with each personality holding their own and inclining in a direction sometimes unfamiliar to the other. These very opinions, however, are what makes partnerships stand out, attaining a sort of immortality in time.
Here are few of the best coach-player duos the world has come across in the modern era.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo
The former Manchester United pair have an incredible affinity towards each other even to this day. Their journey began when the legend identified the raw talent of the 18-year-old Ronaldo and brought him over to Old Trafford. And the rest is history. The Portuguese repaid the faith and made a serious name for himself thereafter, winning five Ballon d’Ors and multiple UEFA Champion League titles.
Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant
The duo didn’t get off to the best of starts in Jackson’s first stint as manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. The former player repeatedly tried and failed to effectively utilize Bryant’s terrific scoring talent to help his team’s play. Coming back in 2004 after Rudy Tomjanovich’s unsuccessful six months in-charge of the Lakers, Jackson and Bryant got off on a much better note, winning two more championships together.
Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic
Becker, a six-time major singles champion, began coaching the current World No.1 in December 2013. Together for three years, the duo worked more than well together, helping the Serbian claim six Grand Slam and 14 Masters 1000 titles. The ‘Djoker’ reached the top of the ATP rankings and was virtually impossible to beat for major chunks of that period.
Words: Chandan Pandey