"Well, it is a little bit surprising, but when you watched him at the Champions League final, he was really relaxed and you had the feeling that he really wanted to enjoy everything", Bierhoff said of Zidane.
Zidane called a news conference just an hour-and-a-half before announcing his decision, in which he said: "I have taken the decision to not continue going into the next season".
A three-time Fifa World Player of the Year, and Ballon d'Or victor, Zidane has played more than 150 times for both Juventus and Real Madrid. "This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working".
Defender Achraf Hakimi wrote, "Eternally grateful for your trust, manager and for being that person who allowed me to complete my dream of playing for Real Madrid's first team".
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"But today, we have to change and that is why I am taking this decision".
Zidane has been in the job 28 months and has already delivered three Champions League titles, the joint-most of any manager in the competition's history.
According to the BBC, Zidane expressed his "love" for Real before explaining the rationale behind his resignation. But the decision, for many, doesn't make sense.
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He won the LaLiga and the Champions League in his second season when Real Madrid defeated Juventus.
Luis Enrique did similar after his hugely successful three years in charge at Camp Nou between 2014-17. I think it is the right one but I completely understand any reaction. "I'm not here to talk about the future of this team".
"It was a completely unexpected decision", Madrid president Florentino Perez said. I want to thank the fans - they've always backed me as a manager and as a player.
The French coach chose to throw in the towel after winning an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League trophy last weekend.
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