Zinedine Zidane has stepped down from his role as Real Madrid manager after securing a third straight Champions League trophy.
The Frenchman has decided to call it a day at the Bernabeu after a wildly successful spell with the Spanish giants, with the 2017 domestic title on top of the aforementioned three European Cups to make Zidane one of the most decorated managers of all time despite his short stint at Real.
The former France international, a Champions League winner with Real in 2002 also, announced his decision at a hastily-arranged press conference with president Florentino Perez on Thursday afternoon.
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He surpassed that achievement a year later by becoming the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to successfully defend the European Cup, while also storing to the league title despite barely making a splash of any sort in the transfer market.
In the season just gone, he joined a select few of managers to win three European Cups as his side defeated Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Kiev last weekend.
In resigning after three years at the club, Zidane follows a recent pattern of managers leaving after a few successful years (mostly at Barcelona, because the Real managers tend to get sacked first), with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique enjoying short, sharp bursts of success before leaving.
Speculation in the immediate future will turn to Zidane’s successor, with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Germany boss Joachim Low and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino the early bookies’ favourites (despite the latter pair already pledging their immediate futures to their current employers).