Real Madrid fans and neutrals alike were in for a shocker on Thursday morning as Zinedine Zidane announced his resignation as the club’s manager
In a press conference held early on Thursday morning, Zinedine Zidane announced that he is stepping down as Real Madrid manager, just five days after he had guided the club to its third successive UEFA Champions League triumph.
The Frenchman said that Los Blancos needed a “different voice”, adding that the time was right to move on. Unsurprisingly, messages poured in for Zidane, mostly of fans expressing their shock over his decision to leave Real Madrid, rather abruptly, while his players paid tribute to their outgoing manager.
Zinedine Zidane shocking Real Madrid like they’re Marco Materazzie.
— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) May 31, 2018
Gracias Mister! It’s been a pleasure!🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/99VzaBxUoV
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) May 31, 2018
As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top. Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/dO6bw74aA3
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 31, 2018
Zidane gone. The ultimate mic drop. pic.twitter.com/utcTrDyvRv
— Jamie Reid ⚽️ (@JamieRfootball) May 31, 2018
We were all worried about Ronaldo’s bombshell and bale leaving, then Zidane decided to nuke us all. pic.twitter.com/fdanE8DBRV
— Meldo (@Meldo_10) May 31, 2018
Shocked. Saddened. Disappointed. Just a terrible day all together. Thank you for everything, Zidane. I don’t even know what to say… pic.twitter.com/DGKPF76hHM
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) May 31, 2018
Why is Zidane leaving Real Madrid?
He was a GOAT both as a player and a coach.
This man is too good to let go. 😭
— GREAT GRACIOUS (@GreatGracious) May 31, 2018
As the dust settled, fans poured in with their tributes, thanking Zidane for his illustrious period as their manager.
Zinedine Zidane :
– Becomes manager after Madrid sacks Benitez!
– Wins Champions League 2015/16
– Wins Champions League & La Liga double 2016/17
– Wins Champions League 2017/18
Now THAT’s how you resign on a high! LEGEND! 👏👏👏
— Puvarasan Selvam (@PuvarasanS) May 31, 2018
— Varad Chakrapani (@ChakrapaniVarad) May 31, 2018
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid was a match made in heaven.
What a legacy he leaves behind him. pic.twitter.com/ySe3boaxFU
— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) May 31, 2018
Thank you for everything Zinedine Zidane..
Thanks for the trophies, the beautiful moments, the memories, the good and bad times, it been a privilege and an honour to see you as a player and as a coach.
Gonna be missed & will never be forgotten ❤ pic.twitter.com/9Fbj7Hc9Zr
— OMAR 👑 (@Omar__cr7_) May 31, 2018
Zinedine Zidane’s record as Real Madrid manager:
— El Madridismo (@ElMadridismo93) May 31, 2018
Goodbye King👑 You Are Immortals in our minds & our hearts💙 You Are not part of football’s history but You change the history & make a new age!
#Zizou #zidane #RealMadrid #football #soccer #real pic.twitter.com/j5zvIz1YVq
— Mohammad (@madsbehi) May 31, 2018
— Usman (@101usman) May 31, 2018
We almost went trophyless in 2016 had it not been for Zidane.
He came, he saw, he conquered.
Thank you for everything Zizou. You gave us a lots of memories bith as a player and a coach. pic.twitter.com/LZgUCzL61m
— SZ⚡CHAMP13NS🏆🏆🏆 (@RamosHolic) May 31, 2018
As always, there were a few who didn’t shy away from trolling either, with Arsene Wenger the pick of the bunch:
Zinedine Zidane realizing his luck was going to run out eventually pic.twitter.com/YUoAB70Dwj
— Across the Pond (@ATPradio) May 31, 2018
Madrid fans logging onto Twitter finding out Zidane has resigned and then seeing this trending:
Wenger to Madrid pic.twitter.com/nSVa5CWnbx
— Irtaza Hassan (@Irtazahaz) May 31, 2018
Real Madrid fans when they see Zinedine Zidane has resigned and Arsene Wenger to Real Madrid is now trending… pic.twitter.com/KUNkgok6rg
— 👑 DaddyMo PhD CEng 👑 (@officialdaddymo) May 31, 2018