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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane steps down after winning Champions League

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane steps down after winning Champions League

Zidane drew criticism all year - as any Real Madrid manager would, no matter how successful he is.

"It's a unusual moment to do so, I know, but an important one too", he said. "I had to do this for everyone".

Zinedine Zidane has hopped off one of soccer's hottest thrones.

He told Real president Florentino Perez he would be leaving on Wednesday before informing the players.

"This is a unusual moment but a very important moment", Zidane said. But (Zidane) knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager.

"I want to thank the fans".

On Zidane's decision to leave the LaLiga giants, Calderon said: "I think he's shown to be wiser than we thought". But I know it is his final decision. This was also his third consecutive Champions League title.

Every single shirt was embroidered with the words "Zidane 2001-2006" under the club crest.

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He completed the double in his second season, winning La Liga and the Champions League, and beat Liverpool five days ago to make it three European gongs in a row. He said: "It's not as simple as just staying". If I don't think that we can keep winning then it's time. "It would have been hard for me to win again next year".

"It is the moment to make a change, also for the players. I wish you the best and again #GraciasZidane #GraciasZizou". After doing three years, it's the right decision. There was no backward step.

"This team has to continue winning and need a change. It's my decision, it could be wrong". Bale possibly. United could afford anyone in the world, plus Zidane is the only manager players would go to over Guardiola arguably.

Joachim Low: He has no previous link to Real Madrid or Spanish football for that matter but was tipped to replace Zidane back in April 2017. For me first, but for the squad too.

"I have a special love for this fanbase". His behaviour has always been an example for all and he has represented Real Madrid very well.

Zidane, who was applauded by journalists in Spain as he left his news conference, denied his decision has anything to do with a Ronaldo "crisis". Of course, this is a "see you later". "This relationship isn't going to change, not for anything".

"This is a sad day", Perez said. I tried to convince Zidane.