This is the 2nd time in 3 years that Zinedine Zidane has submitted his resignation from his position as manager at Real Madrid. The previous manager of the club who had left because he wanted to was in 1997 – Fabio Capello. Every manager since then had been sacked by the Spanish giants.
Zidane Did As Much As He Could With Real Madrid
Unlike Capello, Zidane did not win anything in his second stint at the club. Nor does he have any offers waiting for him with any other club. As such, Zidane’s managerial career faces an uncertain future, He might not even ever return to the profession. But no one would possibly demean him for that.
Marca, a daily in Spain, described Zinedine as Real Madrid’s most significant figure in its entire history. He stands alongside Fiorentino Perez and Alfredo Di Stefano with that honor. Given the stature of Real Madrid, a similar comparison would be Friedrich Engels for Marxism.
It is perhaps not an overstatement either. IN his four complete seasons with Real Madrid as the manager and bits and pieces of two more, he has won 3 Champions League and 2 La Liga. Of course, Real Madrid is a Superclub and this much is par for the course. But, this record is far better than several managers at the club. Vicente del Bosque had left the club in 2013. Since then, Zidane has delivered three-fourth of the club’s European Championship titles and two-fifth of the domestic league titles. He achieved this in a mere 1685 days.
It is safe if a fan considers his managerial history is well-established. He has not chased money, ego, or ambition. He did it for the love of the sport. How else would you explain the man willingly step-in whenever Real Madrid was drowning mid-season?