French coach Zinedine Zidane has quit his role as coach of Real Madrid after three consecutive Champions League titles with the La Liga side.
Zidane’s decision to step down at Real Madrid comes after he led his side to the another Champions League victory over Liverpool on Saturday, May 26.
Zidane was brought in to replace Raphael Benitez in January 2016, and has led the Madrid side to the three Champions League titles in the two and a half season he has been in charge.
According to several reports Zidane’s decision to quit was a result of event after the Champions League final in which star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale hinted they may leave the Santiago Bernebeu.
He hinted his departure in February when he said, “Being a coach is extremely tiring – more so at a club like Real Madrid. When I feel there is nothing more to give, I’ll walk away.”
Speaking on his decision to quit after wining yet another Champions League Zidane revealed that it was because he needed a change but did not rule out an option to return to the club.
He said, “It can be a ‘see you later’. Madrid has given me everything.
“I will be close to this club all my life. But the decision, for many, doesn’t make sense. But it does to me. It is the moment to make a change.
“I think it is the right decision for everyone. I have to thank the fans for all their support and love.”
Zidane will be remembered as one of Real Madrid’s greatest managers winning three Champions League, One La Liga, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cuptitles.