Legend walks out on football giant

Legend walks out on football giant

ZINEDINE Zidane has resigned as manager of Real Madrid just days after winning his third Champions league title in a row.

The Frenchman, who was only appointed in January 2016, made the shock announcement at an emergency press conference, The Sun reports.

He became the first manager to win the European Cup or Champions League three times in a row, while also landing a La Liga title and five other major honours.

Club president Florentino Perez confirmed Zidane came to see him yesterday to break the "completely shocking" news.

He also admitted it was a "sad day" for the club, but insisted he "will be back" - a sentiment Zidane later echoed himself.

The French great explained: "I have taken the decision to leave Real Madrid.

"It is a moment in which I need to take a step back. I believe this club needs to carry on winning and needs a change.

 

Three straight.
Three straight.

"It needs another discourse and a methodology. I really love this club."

However, the former Ballon d'Or winner revealed he is leaving because he feels the club have endured a difficult season.

He admitted he was affected by the booing of the fans and urged supporters to get behind the players even in the more difficult times.

He added: "I have enjoyed a special relationship with the supporters both as a player and a manager.

"We have endured difficult times this season, with boss, that is the club.

"It is a demanding public - sometimes the players need it. Thank you."

No decision has been made over who will be the next manager, but youth team boss Guti and Arsene Wenger are among the favourites.

It comes just days after superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale threw their futures at the club into doubt with provocative statements surrounding their futures straight after their big win over Liverpool.

Bale is seriously considering leaving the Spanish club but may wait to discover the future of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real supporters urged Ronaldo to stay at the club, as celebrations at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium marked their third successive Champions League title after an open-top bus parade through the Spanish capital.

Wales international Bale came off the bench to produce a 29-minute man-of-the- match cameo with two goals, including a brilliant overhead kick, in the 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.

 

The greatest of them all — and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The greatest of them all — and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although that secured him a fourth European Cup in five years at the club it may not be enough to keep him at the Bernabeu with his game time being limited.

The out-of-form Karim Benzema was preferred as Ronaldo's partner up front as rumours persist Bale and the Portuguese star's relationship is not the best.

But with Ronaldo throwing his future into doubt by refusing to guarantee he would be at the club next season there may be an option for the Welshman to remain.

"I want to enjoy this moment first, then rest over the summer and I'm sure we'll sit down at the table and see what's for the best," Bale said.

"For me personally, I feel like I should be playing week in, week out and I haven't been.

"I've been doing well, scoring goals, but I haven't been playing as much as I would like so, as I said, I am going to have to sit down over the summer and seriously consider what we do next." When it was put to Bale that Ronaldo's comments suggested a change may be in the offing, he added: "I didn't know, I just got told about it now." Bale was left out by Zinedine Zidane despite scoring five in his previous five matches after regaining his form following injury.

He did not try to hide his frustration having collected the man of the match award but felt he had proved a point with his performance.

"I was very disappointed not to start the game. I felt like maybe I deserved to start," he said.

"I have been playing well since Christmas, really, (so) anyone would be disappointed not to start a final."

- this story originally appeared on thesunco.uk, with AAP


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