The French football star Zinedine Zidane has announced the decision to step down from the post of coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid just five days after winning the Champions League title. He announced this at a press conference in Santiago Bernabéu on Thursday. Real Madrid`s President Florentino Perez was also present at the conference.
At the press conference, 45-year-old Zidane has said that the decision to step down as the coach is entirely his own decision. During that time he also said that the time has come for the club to change.
Zidane became the Real Madrid coach during a tough time of the club. After dismissing Rafa Benitez, Zidane was given the responsibility of the main team directly from Real Madrid`s youth League in the middle of the season. After taking up the job, he brought back the fortunes of Real.
He won three consecutive Champions League trophies as the only coach. He brought Real the La Liga trophy by defeating competitor Barca`s five years of domination. In his two and a half years of the coaching career, he won nine trophies for Real. Real Madrid defeated England Club Liverpool 3-1 in the final of the recently concluded Champions League final. But despite such success, Zidane is reluctant to continue the responsibility.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez was surprised at Zidane`s decision to step down as the most successful coach of the team. He said, "It is a sad day for me and also for the supporters. But when he makes the decision, we have to respect it."