After Champions League fortune Zinedine Zidane leaves coaching of Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane quit as Real Madrid coach on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), less than a week after leading the team to its third straight Champions League title, saying the club needed a change in command.

The 45-year-old Zidane, who was coach for two and half seasons, said he felt it was the right moment – for him and for the team – to make the move.

“This club needs a change to keep winning,” Zidane said. “With me it would have been complicated to keep winning.”

FRANCISCO SECA/AP

Real Madrid players throw head coach Zinedine Zidane into the air as they celebrate winning the Champions League title.

It was a surprising announcement by Zidane, who won nine titles as Madrid coach, including the three Champions League titles, one Spanish league title, one Spanish Super Cup, two Uefa Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

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