Zidane resigns from Real Madrid

GETTYZinedine Zidane speaks after the Champions League final

"Madrid has given everything to me and I will be close to this club for the rest of my life", Zidane, a former Real player, said.

"After three years, the players need a new voice and that is why it is time to change", stated Zidane at a press conference.

He took over Real Madrid senior team after working with the club's junior Castilla side. I know it's a odd moment for everyone involved, but I think it's the right decision.

Zidane's retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the then 33-year-old chose to hang up his boots in the aftermath of that year's World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract. If I don't think that we can keep winning then it's time.

At the press conference, Zidane said: "This is my decision". I thank him for his commitment, his passion.

Real Madrid now must replace one of its greatest-ever leaders, while trying to maintain its standard atop the soccer world and meet fans' sky-high demands. I have learned a lot as a player and a person under you.

"This is a handsome moment as we have just won a third straight Champions League and I have now reflected and made this decision".

Zidane took over at Real Madrid following the sacking of Rafa Benitez in January 2016 and won three successive Champions League titles, as well as the Liga title in 2016-17. After three years, this is what I've chose to do. I have to thank the fans for all their support and love.

The Frenchman specialises in dramatic departures - in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin, his final appearance as a player, was cut short when he was sent off for headbutting the Italian defender Marco Materazzi. "When I heard, I went to his house to see if he was prepared and he told me completely seriously that he was convinced". I think it is the right one but I completely understand any reaction.

"I'm not going to coach any other team next season".

He lifted nine titles during his stint at the club, among them three successuive Champions League trophies.

Real's 3-1 win against Liverpool on Saturday was his third Champions League victory in two years at the helm of the Spanish club.

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