ZINEDINE Zidane has announced he is stepping down from his position as Real Madrid’s head coach just five days after a third Champions League win over Liverpool. How much is the legendary footballer turned manager worth? Why has he resigned?
The Champions League final on Saturday, May 26 in Kiev was an eventful night, featuring an accident-prone goalkeeper, epic goals, and a potentially dislocated shoulder.
Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3 - 1 in the Champions League final, with Gareth Bale scoring two of the three goals - one of which stunned fans, being the result of a bicycle kick.
Bale’s joy was palpable, diving to the ground after his first goal as he was piled on top of by his teammates.
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius no doubt contributed to Real Madrid’s win, with tears and apologies made to the Liverpool supporters in the crowd after the full-time whistle.
The German goalkeeper begged for forgiveness from fans who had travelled to Kiev to see the final, with fans already distraught after they went a man down with forward Mohamed Salah forced to leave the pitch during the first half after a nasty tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos left Salah with a dislocated shoulder.
How much is footballer turned manger Zinedine Zidane worth?
A three-time Fifa World Player of the Year, and Ballon d'Or winner, Zidane has played more than 150 times for both Juventus and Real Madrid.
He became the world’s most expensive player in 2001, moving to Bernabeu from the Old Lady.
With more than two decades at the peak of the game, Zidane has acquired his fair share of wealth from football.
Estimated to be worth around £52million, ($70million) Zidane had been one of the highest paid football managers in the world.
Why has Zinedine Zidane resigned from Real Madrid?
Real Madrid’s win was the third consecutive Champions League victory for head coach Zinedine Zidane, on top of one La Liga success since taking over in January 2016.
Zidane became Head Coach after Rafael Benitez was sacked, and had been in charge for 149 games.
His influence led Real to 104 wins and 29 draws, resulting in a 69.8 per cent win-rate and nine trophies for the club.
Despite this, the Spanish team came third in La Liga 2017-18, finishing 17 points behind winners and rivals Barcelona.
In February, the Frenchman said he would walk away from his position as Head Coach should he feel he had nothing left to give the team.
His decision to leave just five days after a third Champions League victory, however, has shocked fans.
Speaking to a news conference today, Zidane said, “Everything changes” which “ is why I took this decision.”
"I love this club," he added. "What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology.”