5/31/2018 2:51:47 PM (GMT+3)

Head butt or suprise exit, Zidane continues to enthrall football world

Head butt or suprise exit, Zidane continues to enthrall football world

NEW DELHI: Just five days after guiding Real Madrid to their hat-trick of titles in the Champions League, Zinedine Zidane stepped down as the team’s boss, claiming the club needs a ‘different voice’.

Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 last Saturday as Zidane celebrated his third straight European title.

The Frenchman left having guided the Spanish club to three successive Champions League titles and one La Liga success since taking over in January, 2016.

“Everything changes and that's why I took this decision. What I think is that this team needs to continue winning, but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology,” said the 1998 World Cup-winner.

The 45-year-old took over after Rafael Benitez was sacked and was in charge for 149 games. He steered Real to 104 wins and 29 draws, had 69.8% win rate, and won nine trophies.

He had said in February that he would walk away if he felt “there is nothing more to give”.

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