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Zidane's sudden farewell

Zidanes sudden farewell
Zinedine Zidane, the football legend, had retired as a player when he was at the peak of his form and now he announced he was stepping down as Real Madrid coach less than a week after he guided the club to a third consecutive Champions League title. The 45-year-old Frenchman said he had "made the decision not to continue next year." Zidane took over as the club's coach in January 2016 following the departure of Rafael Benitez. In the ensuing two-and-a-half years, Zidane won a staggering nine trophies and lost just 16 times in his 149 games in charge. "It was not an easy decision but this is the right moment for everyone," he said. "It might seem strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club and myself. "This team must keep winning and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working." Zidane averaged roughly one trophy every 16 games while in charge, including one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two Club World Cups, and two UEFA Super Cups. Real Madrid President Florentino Perez admitted he was "not prepared for the news... This was a totally unexpected decision, Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday," Perez said, "I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay. But I know it was his final decision. "Interestingly, Zidane played for Real Madrid between 2001-2006, winning La Liga and the Champions League. He was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant coach for Real Madrid's 2014 Champions League win before being appointed as manager of the first team. "I love this club and the president who gave me the chance to play for this club and manage the club of my dreams, "he said. "But everything changes and that is why I have taken the decision to leave. "Zidane revealed he had already informed the squad of his decision and had a lengthy conversation with Sergio Ramos, who he described as "a great captain and leader.'' The former World Cup winner said he is "not going to get involved" with the selection of his successor and, despite admitting he is not "tired" of coaching, is not looking to manage another team immediately. Club captain Ramos was among the first to pay his thanks to the departing coach. "As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top," he said. "Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved Real Madrid."
"It has been an honour working with you, learning every day and winning together." Midfielder Isco said. Only Zidane knows what lies ahead after this mystifying farewell.
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