MADRID, NNC - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane left the club after winning three Champions League titles in a row, he said at a press conference on Thursday (5/31/2018).
"I think it's time, both for me, the team and the club (to resign). This is a strange moment to do, I know, but also (an important moment). I have to do this for everyone," he said.
"This team should be victorious and need a change for this, after three years, this requires another voice, another working method, for which I take this decision." Zidane became the first coach to win three successive Champions League.
"I really love this club, president, who gives me everything, to play in this club, I will always be grateful. Today I need a change, for me, for everyone, for that I take this decision," added Zidane.
The Frenchman took the reins in a polarized dressing room after the dismissal of Rafael Benitez in January 2016, and immediately unified the squad.
He earned a "hat-trick" of European success for the first time two years ago when Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final. Two years ago he led Real to win both the Champions League and Spanish League for the first time in 59 years.
Real finished the season with a three-point lead when they won their first league title since 2012, before destroying Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first team to defend the title in the elite competition with the current format.
Zidane won nine major awards as Real coach and the greatest glory came last Saturday when he joined the group of elite coaches, which included Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti by lifting the Champions League trophy for the third time as coach, as reported by Antara.