Football lovers around the world and especially to fans of Real Madrid, the current European Champions are in deep shock to the news of Zinedine Zidane’s resignation from the club’s top job.
The Real Madrid legend broke the news on Thursday at a press conference in Madrid about his intention to step down as the club’s handler.
“I love this club, I love the president, he gave me the opportunity to come as a player and now manager and I am eternally grateful. But we have to change.”
“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.”
“I think the players need a change but I should thank them because at the end of the day it’s them that fight out there and this is a club of very high expectations.
“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. It’s not as simple as just staying. I think it would be difficult to keep winning if I stayed.”
After retiring as a player, Zidane transitioned into coaching, becoming assistant coach at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti for the 2013–14 season. He remained in the position for two years before taking the helm of the first team in January 2016
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Zidane was an elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, and played as an attacking midfielder for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane is the first coach in history to win three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid.