Zinedine Zidane Announces Real Madrid Departure

Zinedine Zidane
KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26: ... of Real Madrid ... during the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Just days after winning a third-straight Champions League title with Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has today announced his resignation as manager of Real Madrid. The Frenchman joined the club as manager in January 2016. He was contracted with Real Madrid until the summer of 2020.

Zinedine Zidane Leaves Real Madrid

The former Real Madrid player led the club to three-straight Champions League titles. This was a historic feat as no club managed to retain the honour since AC Milan in the 1990s. He also led them to a first La Liga title since Los Blancos won the domestic league in 2012 under José Mourinho. Additionally, he also won two FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups as well as the Spanish Super Cup in 2017.

Zidane joined the club as a player in 2001 for a world-record £46 million fee. He played there for five years before his retirement in 2006. The French midfielder then joined the club as manager of their Castilla squad, taking charge between 2014 and 2016. A fan favourite, he replaced Rafael Benítez after the former was sacked in January 2016.

Zidane’s first Champions League success came against Atlético Madrid in Milan in May 2016. They were overcome 5-3 on penalties after the scores finished 1-1 after extra-time. The following year, in Cardiff, Juventus were beaten 4-1. In the same year, they won the league by three points, finishing ahead of Barcelona who came second.

Real Madrid beat Liverpool on Saturday night in Kyiv to win the Champions League. A bizarre goal from Karim Benzema and a brace from Gareth Bale sealed a fine 3-1 win.

 

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