After reports had stated Zidane was returning, Real released an official statement on Monday saying that the legendary midfielder will be in charge for the next three seasons and has replaced current interim boss Santiago Solari.
Yet in terms of individual brilliance, his best moment came in a Real Madrid shirt, his winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen arguably the greatest ever in a European final, perhaps only bettered, ironically, by Bale's past year.
It's a stunning turnaround for the Spanish club who have struggled since the departure of Zidane. Madrid trails leader Barcelona by 12 points with 11 matches left.
This follows their 2016 triumph against city rivals Atletico Madrid and then Juventus in 2017.
Solari's side thrashed Real Valladolid 4-1 on Sunday in his final stand as coach.More news: DeSean Jackson Traded from Buccaneers, Headed Back to Philly
Real Madrid have found their man.
He will take his first training session with the players on Tuesday, as Solari has been offered the opportunity to remain at the club in another capacity. The former Argentina and Madrid player had been the "B" team's coach before taking over the main squad in October.
Frenchman Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with the club before resigning in May past year, with his replacement Julen Lopetegui sacked in October and Solari lasting just over four months in charge.
And after signing a deal confirming his re-appointment at Real, Zidane has reportedly identified Chelsea midfielder Kante as his first transfer target as he looks to rebuild his squad, according to La Gazetta dello Sport reporter Nicolò Schira.
Madrid has suffered a torrid campaign, sitting way off the title pace and being recently eliminated from the Champions League by Ajax. He lasted only a few months at the helm. Other names mentioned included Juergen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Joachim Loew and Antonio Conte, who was highly touted to take over from the fired Lopetegui.
It began with Zinedine Zidane in charge and it ends with the Frenchman back at the Bernabeu.