Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Zinedine Zidane's shock departure

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Zinedine Zidane's shock departure

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Zinedine Zidane's shock departure

He leaves having guided the Spanish club to three successive Champions League titles and one La Liga success.

He said Real "needs a different voice" and told a press conference that "everything changes" following last weekend's achievements in Kiev. I think at times the players need it, when you have a hard time you have to front up occasionally.

But Zidane won the confidence of players and the rest is history.

After all, Zidane's last action as a professional footballer was ramming the butt of his head into the chest of Marco Materazzi during the France vs. Italy final in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo hinted after the Champion League final he may leave as well, and Gareth Bale, unhappy with his lack of playing time, could be on his way back to the Premier League. The club loves to change managers, no boss is ever truly safe there and talk is already rife about who will succeed Zidane. The Spaniard is currently in charge of the club's youth team, and could now be set to make the step up and take charge of the senior squad. Based on the president's reaction at the news conference - he hadn't even reached the grief stage as he was still processing Zidane's decsion - this was a bolt from the blue.

He said that he first he had heard of the decision was on Wednesday and it had taken him aback.

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In 2016/17, his team had become the first club in the Champions League era to retain the trophy, while his first Champions League win in 2015/16 came less than five months after taking the reins from Rafa Benitez in January of that season.

"This club needs a change to keep winning", Zidane said. "I want to thank them because it's they who fight on the pitch". "This is a good moment to end it well". There have been complicated moments, there have been jeers but that is part of this club.

"But apart from that, Real will always have a chance to win the Champions League. It was the greatest thing", the Frenchman said.

When pressed on whether or not the various crises surrounding Real Madrid and their star players had forced him into this decision, the Frenchman was quick to quash such speculation.

"I want to thank Zidane for his dedication, his passion, his love and all that he's done for Real Madrid in these years". As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he was on the bench in Lisbon when Madrid secured La Decima in 2014. But I feel it's time.

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