Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has announced that he is resigning, less than a week after securing the club’s third consecutive Champions League title by beating Liverpool.
The Frenchman replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2016 and went on to win nine trophies – including the 2016/17 La Liga – despite it being his first senior job, only furthering the esteem with which he is held in the Spanish capital after a sparkling spell as a player between 2001 and 2006 following a move from Juventus.
However, 2017/18 was a largely disappointing campaign for the 45-year-old and his squad as they finished third in the league and 17 points behind their great rivals Barcelona, with the Champions League trophy a saving grace.
It is unclear who will replace Zidane with many leading managers, including Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery, having already secured their jobs ahead of next season. Arsene Wenger, who has left Arsenal after 22 years, is available but has disappointed in recent years.