Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager

GETTYZinedine Zidane speaks after the Champions League final

GETTYZinedine Zidane speaks after the Champions League final

"It's a hard moment as I'm saying I'm leaving", he explained. "But we can only take the decision and respect it". His tenure at Real Madrid, the first managerial stint of his post-playing career, ends after two-and-a-half years and three Champions League titles. It would have been hard for me to win again next year. Legend as a player, and now you're also a coach.

He earned a red card in the 2006 World Cup final, probably costing France the title, for his full-blooded headbutt against Italian Marco Materazzi.

# Zidane averages a trophy every 16.5 matches as Real Madrid boss.

"I have a special love for this fanbase". But the team needs another methodology and that is why I have made this decision.

Karembeu said Zidane will take time to rest and be with his family before deciding on his next step. Pochettino is building a team that he hopes can compete for the Premier League title, has just signed a new contract at the club, and Spurs have a new stadium to play in next season.

Perez said: "This was a totally unexpected decision and today is a sad day for me and for everyone who works for this club. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working".

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Zidane said his decision had nothing to do with Real icon Cristiano Ronaldo hinting that he will also leave the club following the Champions League triumph on Saturday.

Speaking about his decision to quit Real, Zidane said, "I spoke to him [Perez] to explain a little what I was thinking at the moment".

"I want to thank Zizou for his dedication to the job, his passion and his affection". There have been good moments, but also hard times. There have been complicated moments, there have been jeers but that is part of this club. He had been an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when Madrid won the Champions League in 2014.

"But there is one thing.", Lacombe told AFP. The former star player arrived surrounded by doubts because of his lack of coaching experience but quickly surpassed expectations.

Midfielder Isco echoed his captain's heartfelt comments, and praised Zidane for taking Madrid to a new level.

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