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Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title

31 May 2018

In a decision that shocked many in world football, Zinedine Zidane stepped down as the manager of Real Madrid football club earlier today (May 31st).

The 45-year-old Zidane, who was coach for two and half seasons, said he felt it was the right moment for him and for the team to make the move.

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology". During his reign, the former Real midfielder won three Champions League trophy, 1 La Liga trophy, 1 Spanish Super Cup title, 1 Club World Cup title and 1 UEFA Super Cup title. "For many people, this will not make sense, but it does for me". This comes just five days after he won the Champions League with Madrid for a third season in a row. At the moment, there's a need for change - also for the players.

Club president Florentino Perez said: "This was a totally unexpected decision, Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday. I want to thank them because it's they who fight on the pitch". I tried to convince him but I know how it is.

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Madrid conquered Europe yet again, but slipped to third in La Liga, well off Barcelona's title-winning pace.

Luis Enrique did similar after his hugely successful three years in charge at Camp Nou between 2014-17. I think it would be hard to keep winning if I stayed.

"As always as a person and captain, we have lived a lot together, he respects my decision".

Zidane has been in the job 28 months and has already delivered three Champions League titles, the joint-most of any manager in the competition's history.

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The french man has left the club slightly two years after he took over at the helm of the prestigious club he once played for after taking over from Rafael Benitez in January 2016. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and LaLiga double in 59 years.

Germany team manager Bierhoff was consequently relieved Low put pen to paper on a new contract until 2022 just two weeks ago. Perez also didn't talk much about the club's search for a new coach, although several names are being talked about in local media, including Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Joachim Loew and Arsene Wenger.

"I have a close link with this set of fans and I thank them for all that support and love".

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Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title