And he made this harsh choice so that he may continue his passion, coaching a football side. Thanks to Sporting Club de Draguignan he got the opportunity.

And his persistence paid off as an opening came like a windfall when veteran coach Claude Le Roy was searching an assistant for Chinese club Shanghai Cosco.

After coaching few years for fringe clubs in England, France and Vietnam, he got another call up from Le Roy who was by then the coach of Ghana National side.

Yet, it was difficult to imagine that would be the first step of becoming the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations trophies with different teams, first with Zambia in 2012 and then with Ivory Coast in 2015. 

But if it is a fairy tale, the biggest twist was yet to come. And it occurred in the biggest stage of the earth against the biggest name.

Renard is now coaching Saudi Arabia and his charges created one up the biggest upsets in the World Cup history when they beat Argentina at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

The whole world watched in wonder how former cleaner, who is proud of the job, humbled Lionel Messi, one of the all-time greats. Football is a magic tale and sometimes it goes beyond wildest of imaginations.