After leaving football as a player on a high and as the best performer in World Cup 2006, all-time great Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid as the back-to-back-to-back Champion of Europe.
Zidane, 45, replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2016 and despite his European success has come under pressure for winning only one La Liga title during his two and a half years in charge.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 31, 2018
He told Real president Florentino Perez he would be leaving on Wednesday before informing captain Sergio Ramos.”I know it is a strange moment for everyone involved,” said Zidane. “But it had to be done for everybody.
“This team has to continue winning and need a change. After three years they need a new voice, a new way of saying things – possibly another way of working.
“That’s why I’ve taken that decision. I love this club, I love the president, he’s given me the chance to come as a player and a manager. I’m eternally grateful to him but today for me and for everyone we have to change.”
As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top. Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/dO6bw74aA3
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 31, 2018