Quitting the scene when the ovation is loudest is the route ZINEDINE ZIDANE has chosen as it is understood that he has resigned as manager of Real Madrid after calling an impromptu press conference on Thursday

The Frenchman was only appointed in January 2016 in what was his first senior role, but has enjoyed unprecedented success in the subsequent two-and-a-half years.

"The team needs to continue winning and needs a change," he said as he dropped the bombshell on Thursday.

Zidane is one of the only three managers, along with Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisely, to have won the UEFA European Cup three times having guided Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 2016, 2017 and 2018.