Zinedine Zidane stunned the football community by announcing his resignation as Real Madrid coach five days after winning the Champions League for the third consecutive season.
The French coach took over in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked and enjoyed unprecedented success in Europe since, helping Madrid reach a record total of 13 European Cups, after triumphing in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
“I have taken the decision not to continue next year as Real Madrid coach,” Zidane told reporters on Thursday. “This is the right moment for everyone. It might seem a bit strange but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club and myself.”
Madrid finished 18 points behind Barcelona in La Liga this season but salvaged their campaign by beating Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday to win the Champions League. Zidane, 45, won a total of nine trophies as coach including a La Liga and Champions League double in the 2016-17 season.