Zinedine Zidane Shockingly Resigns as Real Madrid Coach
France legend, Zinedine Zidane has surprisingly resigned as manager of reigning European champions, Real Madrid after two and a half seasons with the club.
Zidane stepped down as the Los Blancos gaffer on Thursday, less than a week after leading the team to a third successive Champions League title.
Zizou had reportedly met with club president, Florentino Perez hours before he made the shocking announcement. He announced his resignation during an impromptu press conference.
“I’ve taken the decision not to continue next year as Real Madrid coach.
“This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself.” Zidane said.
“This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working.”
The 45-year-old won nine titles during his short spell in the Spanish capital city. The titles include one La Liga, three UEFA Champions League titles, a SuperCopa de España, two UEFA Super Cup titles, and two FIFA Club World Cup trophies.
“It can be a “see you later.” Madrid has given me everything. I will be close to this club all my life.” Zidane also said.
“But the decision, for many, doesn’t make sense. But it does to me. It is the moment to make a change.
“I think it is the right decision for everyone. I have to thank the fans for all their support and love.
“We have had complicated moments of the season, when you are not at your best, the fans push you and that made us better.”
Zidane also won the Champions League as a player in 2002, where he scored a spectacular goal in the final match. He claimed Europe’s top prize again in the 2013/2014 season as an assistant manager to Italian, Carlo Ancelotti.
He became the first coach in history to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles. Under his tutelage, five-time World player of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League title (the first player to reach the number).
“We always want more and more, I couldn’t ask for more from these players but now is the time for them to have a different voice in the changing room.
The Frenchman had more to say about his resignation: “It’s not as simple as just staying. I think it would be difficult to keep winning if I stayed.”
“The squad already knows. I’ve not talked to them all individually but they all know, by message, yes.
Zidane also said he had spoken to club captain, Sergio Ramos about his decision.
“As always as a person and captain, we have lived a lot together, he respects my decision. He wished me luck. He is a leader, a captain and it has been a pleasure to share three more years with him.”