Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid manager, just 5 days after the UEFA Champions League triumph. This should act as a big setback for Zidane fans. Zidane, an iconic footballer in his heydays for France. This should be the end of an era. Less than a week ago, Zidane was at the helm of affairs at the Real Madrid Club, he also helped them lift the coveted Champions League crown by defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the finals. The win was his third European title. This was also his third consecutive Champions League title.
Zidane said all of this in a hastily organised press conference. He announced the news at the outset of the meeting and that send shock across the footballing circuit.
Zidane said, “I have decided not to be Real Madrid coach next season. I spoke to Florentino yesterday [Wednesday] to tell him my thoughts, my feelings. I know it’s a strange moment for everyone involved, but I think it’s the right decision. I think this team needs to keep winning but I think after three years a change is needed, something different, a different message, different ways of going about things. It’s my decision.”
Twitter is abuzz, fans are feeling dejected. Here are some of the best tweets.
Here is a Zidane fan who is still in disbelief of what he has just seen/heard…
Zidane was appointed as the Real Madrid manager in 2016, since he has been a successful manager, the records the titles speaks volumes for his contribution to the sport. Zidane’s exit is bound to break hearts, but that is how things function. One thing is for certain, the footballing fraternity will miss Zizou!