Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach

Shocking! Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach
Shocking! Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach

Shocking! Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach

In a shocking announcement, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is leaving the European champions after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.

The 45-year-old announced his departure in a surprise press conference at Real Madrid’s training ground on Thursday morning.

“I think it’s the moment, both for me, the team and the club (to step down). It’s a strange moment to do so, I know, but an important one too. I had to do this for everyone,” said Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach

“This side should carry on winning and needs a change for this. After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision.”

Zidane became the first coach to win a third straight European Cup when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, capping a remarkable period in his first job in senior club management.

“I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything – to play first at this great club. I’ll always be thankful. Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this I’ve taken the decision,” Zidane added.

He claimed the first of his hat-trick of European triumphs two years ago when Real defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and La Liga double in 59 years.

Zidane won nine major honours as Real coach and the 45-year-old’s crowning glory came last Saturday as he joined an elite group of managers including Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti by lifting the European Cup for the third time as coach.

-PTC News