Thank You! Fans Tell Zidane After Quitting Real Madrid

Real Madrid supporters have thanked the manager of the European Champions, Zinedine Zidane, for his dedication to the Spanish club.

Zidane, 45, dropped a bombshell on Thursday when he announced he was quitting Real just days after winning the Champions League for a record third year in a row.

The former international decided to quit at the top, saying that it was time for a change for himself and the club.

He, however, admitted he was unsure of his ability to maintain his winning record at the Spanish side.

See twitter reactions to Zidane decision below;

OMAR ?@Omar__cr7_

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

Asad khan@Assaadkhan

Zinedine Zidane steps down as the Madrid coach.
Heart breaking. ?

One Joe™@JonanTea

Zinedine Zidane is a real Nelson Mandela in football, he hasn’t had an unsuccessful season from the time he started this but decides it’s better to leave when u are still loved was his last game, Hard to believe it anyway! pic.twitter.com/0i697XN6zT

Mister Mischa@MisterMischa

I do not watch soccer, but I was in Germany for the 06 World Cup and watched Zinedine Zidane headbutt an Italian player to the ground like a true warrior in the Championship match. This guy is forever my favorite soccer player.

Prakhasta@yprakhasta_

I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet
~ Zinedine Zidane https://twitter.com/GOAL_ID/status/1002175835057500160 

Sam Chockie@SamkelO_o

I am a Barca fan, and I know when respect is due. Zinedine Zidane is a legend. Period. When the ovation is at its peak, the best actors leave the stage. Farewell Zizou.

عبد الله@3abdeezzyy

Zinedine zidane: that man is a smart man

Kay Murray

@KayLMurray

Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid was a match made in heaven.
What a legacy he leaves behind him.

? DaddyMo PhD CEng ?@officialdaddymo

Real Madrid fans when they see Zinedine Zidane has resigned and Arsene Wenger to Real Madrid is now trending…

African brewed@Samwell_Opulent

I wont be surprised if @PSG_inside reveals Zinedine Zidane as the new manager? i dont think Arsene Wenger would be best for @realmadriden

BREAKING: Zinedine Zidane ‘Resigns As Real Madrid Manager’

Zinedine Zidane has reportedly decided to stand down as Real Madrid manager after leading the club to three Champions League titles in two-and-a-half seasons in charge.

Zidane is expected to reveal his decision in a hastily-arranged press conference in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Radio station Cadena SER said he had decided to quit.

On February 18, Zidane told the Spanish media: “Being a coach is extremely tiring – more so at a club like Real Madrid, When I feel there is nothing more to give, I’ll walk away.”

Zidane took over at Real Madrid following the sacking of Rafa Benitez in January 2016 and won three successive Champions League titles, as well as the Liga title in 2016-17.

The Frenchman also lead Madrid to back-to-back European Super Cups and Club World Cups in 2016 and 2017.

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid Forward Will Not Join Former Club Tottenham

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will not return to Tottenham this summer.

Bale’s future in Spain is in doubt after he said he needed to play more often following Saturday’s Champions League final win over Liverpool.

Tottenham had a buy-back clause inserted into the Wales international’s contract when he left to join Real for £85m in 2013.

It offered Spurs the opportunity to match any accepted bid from a Premier League club for Bale, 28.

However, the forward has a contract with the Spanish giants until 2022 and is thought to earn more than £400,000 a week after tax.

It means his likely transfer fee and wages would make a Tottenham bid unrealistic.

Bale will make any decision on his future in conjunction with his advisers.

In the short term, they intend to wait until the dust has settled on his man-of-the-match performance in Kiev before deciding their next course of action.

t is not completely out of the question he might stay at the Bernabeu but, after winning the Champions League on four occasions with Real, the player is not willing to accept a bit-part role in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

Although the clamour for Bale should he decide to leave Spain would be huge, very few clubs could match his present financial demands.

Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old frequently over the past few years but invested heavily in Alexis Sanchez in January, after which manager Jose Mourinho said he would be concentrating on strengthening in other positions during the summer transfer window.

Manchester City appear to be more interested in renewing their interest in Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, whilst Chelsea’s uncertain managerial situation makes a move to Stamford Bridge more complicated in the short term.

Away from England, Paris St-Germain have the finances, and Bayern Munich and Juventus have the pulling power, to be viewed as potential destinations.

UCL: Sallah Suffers Early Injury As Real Make History

The tangling from Sergio Ramos finally put paid the high hopes of not only Mohammed Sallah but also Liverpool fans and other lovers of the Egyptian mercurial player.

With the 3-1 final scoreline , Real Madrid Lifts the third Champions league trophy under Coach Zinedine Zidane in a third straight win.

First goal from Karim Benzema put Real Madrid on early lead only to be cancelled out by Manes.

Gareth Bale however came to the rescue as he netted two goals to the admiration of Madiristas.

Cristiano Ronaldo however failed to find the back of the net.

UCL: Marcelo Admits Unpenalized Handball Foul Vs Bayern As Madrid Bag Final Slot

Real Madrid defender, Marcelo, has conceded that the ball touched his hand during a controversial moment in his side’s Champions League semi-final, second clash against German club, Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane’s men were held to a 2-2 draw in the second leg of their semi-final fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu qualifying 4-3 on aggregate.

Marcelo appeared to touch the ball with his hand while trying to block Joshua Kimmich’s cross late in the first half, and despite strong protests from the visitors, the centre referee failed to award a penalty kick.

He admitted after the game that the ball struck his hand but it was up to referee to determine whether his action had been deliberate.

“Yes, it hit my hand.” he told reporters after the game.

“But you guys know that I don’t talk about the referees. Many times, refs have ruled against us, and now, I can’t come here and talk about his performance again, because when they rule against us I don’t talk about it, you know. I imagined you’d ask me that.

“It is what it is. It was difficult for the ref, because there were many players blocking his view, but if I came here to tell you that the ball didn’t touch my hand, I’d be lying to you.”

You Have To Suffer, Zidane Hails Real Madrid Win

Real Madrid scrapped their way into a third consecutive Champions League final on Tuesday and coach Zinedine Zidane said he would not have wanted it any other way.

After their last-gasp win over Juventus in the quarter-finals, Real were left hanging on against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu as Karim Benzema’s double secured a 2-2 draw and 4-3 win on aggregate.

When Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern an early lead and James Rodriguez levelled with 27 minutes remaining, Real looked in danger of surrendering their 2-1 advantage from the first leg.

By the end, Real’s fans were begging for the full-time whistle and if it is to be Liverpool in the final in Kiev, Jurgen Klopp’s men will take heart.

Zidane, however, insists the grit his team have shown to overcome Paris Saint-Germain, Juve, and now Bayern, should not be underestimated.

“In football, you have to suffer,” Zidane said. “You cannot be in the final without suffering, it’s even better, more beautiful when you win like that.

“Madrid never gives up. It is the same in adversity, we believe in what we do and we get things done by believing in ourselves and fighting.”

Real, and Zidane, are now on the brink of a third consecutive Champions League triumph, and 13th overall in Europe’s premier tournament.

Whether it be Liverpool or Roma they face in Kiev, Los Blancos will be strong favourites to lift the title.

“We are only in the final,” Zidane said. “You can be happy, you have to be, it is not normal to be in the final for the third consecutive time.

“But now that we are, what we have to do is try to win. We will fight to defend our title.”

‘Spectacular’ Navas 

Benzema’s two goals were also a credit to Zidane, who had picked the striker despite a poor run of form that had included only one goal in 12 games.

“He never gave up and I’m happy for him,” Zidane said. “I defended Karim as I defend all my players, I defend them until the end.”

Bayern, meanwhile, are left wondering what might have been after dominating large spells of the two legs but paying a heavy price for individual mistakes.

Benzema’s second, which proved decisive, was a gift, with goalkeeper Sven Ulreich making a mess of Corentin Tolisso’s under-hit back pass and allowing the Frenchman to slot into an open net.

“If you look at both games it is quite apparent we were the best team,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said.

“I’m very disappointed in the result. We dominated, I believe, and they should thank Keylor Navas for his performance in goal, he was spectacular, particularly towards the end of the match.”

On Ulreich’s error, Heynckes added: “He had a little blackout, he got confused, he didn’t realise he couldn’t pick it up with his hands.

“It’s terrible for a player to live through such a moment, but nevertheless we did have a lot of opportunities, and all in all our ‘keeper performed well.”

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Unstoppable Ronaldo, Sole Survivor Of Real Madrid’s ‘BBC’

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe.

“It’s impossible to completely stifle Ronaldo, we can only stop him as a team,” Bayern defender Jerome Boateng said on Monday.

“An attacker cannot be more complete than him — left foot, right foot, head, he controls everything and in front of the goal, he’s a machine”.

But while Ronaldo has enjoyed a fresh spurt in his new role of predatorial center-forward, his two partners have found their responsibilities reduced ahead of the first leg at the Allianz Arena.

Bale’s decline began first. After returning from injury earlier this year, he was on the bench for both legs against Paris Saint-Germain and the first leg against Juventus.

In the second leg, he did start, only to endure the humiliation of being taken off at half-time.

Benzema’s fall has been more surprising given the striker had been Zinedine Zidane’s preferred partner for Ronaldo, his work rate and supply highly valued despite the Frenchman’s lack of goals.

But Benzema’s link-up play has slackened, thrusting that dry patch — one goal in 10 games and only four in 24 — more clearly into view.

‘A little blip’
“He does suffer a little bit when he misses chances he suffers but the solution is easy,” Zidane said. “He has to keep working. It is just a little blip he is in at the moment.”

Bale and Benzema’s dip has coincided with Ronaldo’s golden run, a parallel that may not be entirely coincidental.

Ronaldo in a Real team centered on playing to his strengths is nothing new, but as the Portuguese has grown narrower in his scope, perhaps his team-mates have had to sharpen their focus in providing service to him.

Zidane has often deployed 4-4-2 in the biggest games this season, with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio preferred on the flanks for their defensive discipline and willingness to send crosses into the box.

Bale is not viewed as conscientious enough in the wide midfielder role while Benzema’s key selling point was his link-up play. When that broke down, his appeal diminished.

“I don’t see anyone looking sad,” Zidane said. “I said to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well.

“It is always going to happen in a side like ours, there are players in good form and in the team and playing well.”

Even if Isco is selected, it means Real are likely to line up with one of their more modest-looking attacks for a crunch Champions League tie.

“I’m not worried,” Zidane said last week. “It’s true that in the last two games we have had chances and we have not taken them but now we are going to have a game on Wednesday away from home.

“We are going to try to score and what we have to do is to think positively and realise that this is football anything can happen, no matter who is playing on the pitch.”

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UCL: Madrid Draw Bayern In Semis, Liverpool To Face Roma

Holders Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

The other semi-final tie will see Liverpool do battle with surprise team AS Roma who stunned Barcelona in the quarter-final.

The draw was confirmed in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

Five-time winners of the Champions League Bayern will welcome Madrid to the Alianz Arena for the first leg before travelling to Spain for the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu a week later.

Liverpool, who have also won Europe’s elite club competition five times, will be at home to Roma at Anfield for the first leg.

At last season’s quarter-final tie, Madrid eliminated Bayern 6-3 on aggregate to progress into the last four.

The first legs will be played on 24 and 25 April, and the second legs will be played on 1 and 2 May.

Ronaldo: I Was Surprised Juventus Protested A Correct Penalty Decision

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that referee Michael Oliver was correct to have awarded his team a late penalty against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane’s men saw their 3-0 first leg advantage cancelled out as Juventus repaid their three goals deficit almost forcing the game into extra time.

However, the English referee awarded Real a penalty after Lucas Vazquez was brought down in stoppage time by Medhi Benatia, a penalty which many regarded as controversial.

Juventus goalkeeper Giannluigi Buffon was then sent off for remonstrating with the English referee, which led to protests from his teammates.

Ronaldo then  stepped up and duly slotted the penalty past substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with his team moving into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

“I don’t understand the protest by Juventus,” Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

“Lucas was pushed from behind and if the penalty was given, it’s a goal.

“We suffered and this will help us to learn. The game should serve as a lesson. Nothing is handed to you in football, you have to fight until the end.

“Real Madrid could have scored more goals today, but Juventus and Buffon were great.”

Real Madrid  join Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday.

I Don’t Think Of Playing Without Ronaldo – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be remembered at Real Madrid in the same glowing terms as Alfredo Di Stefano.

Di Stefano was the face of Real´s domination during the 1950s and 1960s when they won five European Cups and he scored more than 300 goals.

Ronaldo is now trying to lead another prolonged period of European success, with Real gunning for their third consecutive Champions League triumph, and fourth in five years.

They take a 3-0 lead into Wednesday´s quarter-final second leg at home to Juventus after the Portuguese scored twice last week in Turin, a double that included a sensational bicycle kick.

Ronaldo already has 14 goals in this year´s tournament, three short of his best ever 17, which he posted when Real were crowned champions in 2014.

“I do not think of playing without Cristian, we have him and we are happy,” Zidane said on Tuesday.

“There are many people who remember Di Stefano, it is normal – many people, and I am one of them, will now remember Cristiano with this club.

“We have him and it is necessary to take advantage of this. All the teams in the world would be happy to have this player.”

Barring a huge collapse at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real will take their place in next month´s semi-finals but their domestic season has been far less impressive.

Real sit fourth in La Liga, 15 points behind Barcelona, while a shock defeat to Leganes in the Copa del Rey means they have only one chance of a major trophy.

“The explanation I do not have,” Zidane said. “Sometimes this year our consistency has not been very good.

“We have had moments of difficulty, now we are better, but there is no explanation. If you ask me, I have more motivation than I can ever remember to win the league. It is the hardest thing to do, it is what the player wants.

“There are difficult times but in the Champions League, when you look at the trajectory of this club, it is impressive and nobody has reached this level. It is what this club has.”

Real have hit a golden patch in recent weeks, losing only one of their last 15 matches and scoring 20 goals in their last seven.

“When we scored again, with three or four goals, you cheer up, you feel better, you have your confidence back,” Zidane said.

“But it annoys me when people say we are favourites in the Champions League. We are a great team but we have won nothing yet.”

Real will be without the suspended Sergio Ramos for the return game against Juve, meaning 21-year-old defender Jesus Vallejo could come in alongside the more experienced Raphael Varane.

Varane insists he will not look to make up for the loss of Ramos´ leadership at the back.

“My preparation for the match does not change,” Varane said. “I have my personality, I know how to guide my partners, to speak to the team.

“But I will not transform into someone who will bark orders. I will do it with personality, as usual, and the important thing is that the team can rely on me.”

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Ronaldo’s Stunner Puts Madrid One Leg In Champions League Semis

Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the Champions League’s great goals as his incredible bicycle kick helped Real Madrid demolish Juventus in the quarter-final first leg.

The Real forward made history with the first of his two goals, prodding home Isco’s cross to become the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games.

The Italian side had chances to equalise in a decent first half, although Toni Kroos went close to doubling Real’s lead when he hit the crossbar with a 25-yard effort.

Then came one of the great Champions League moments. Dani Carvajal lifted a cross to the Portuguese, who soared in the air and sent a flying acrobatic kick past Gianluigi Buffon, who had no chance.

Such was the brilliance of the strike that Juventus fans stood up to applaud the goal that probably ended their hopes of going through.

It got even worse for the Turin side, who lost last year’s final to Real, as Paulo Dybala was shown a second yellow card for a high boot in the chest of Carvajal.

And Marcelo effectively booked Real’s place in the last four when he played a one-two with Ronaldo before scoring from close range.

Ronaldo defies all logic with another masterclass

At the age of 33, Ronaldo no longer has great pace or much impact minute to minute in a match.

But, reinvented as an orthodox striker, he is in one of the greatest goalscoring streaks in football history – 19 goals in his last nine games for Real.

He has now scored 16 goals in his past 10 Champions League games – 14 goals this season and a double in last year’s final against Juventus.

It took him only two minutes and 47 seconds to open the scoring in Turin, when he poked home Isco’s low left-wing cross from six yards out.

He almost had a second when he smashed a ball across goal after good work from Karim Benzema.

His magic moment came in a move which he helped create himself. Giorgio Chiellini prodded a ball past his own keeper Buffon, which Ronaldo kept in play. He found Lucas Vazquez, whose shot was saved by Buffon. Unfortunately for Juventus the ball ran to Carvajal, whose cross was dramatically converted by Ronaldo.

The Portuguese, who only touched the ball 49 times in 90 minutes, had two chances for a hat-trick, first when he forced a save from Buffon from 16 yards and then when he shot over when totally unmarked 10 yards out from Vazquez’s cross.

He is not just a goalscorer though, and set up Marcelo’s goal – as well as laying the ball off to Mateo Kovacic, who hit the post.