The former French World Cup winner left the Spanish giants after winning three successive UEFA Champions League titles with the club.
Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to blame the unhappiness expressed by Cristiano Ronaldo to play any part in his decision to leave Real Madrid after three highly successful seasons at the club.
Zidane announced his decision to leave Real Madrid just five days after winning his third straight Champions League title, leaving the fans to ponder over what may have forced him to leave Los Blancos.
During his final press conference at the club, Zidane was asked by media whether Ronaldo’s unhappiness played any part in his decision, but he refuted the notion altogether.
“I had the respect of all, above all the players, which has been fundamental in achieving things,” Zidane said. “The players have nothing to do with my decision, it is about what I think.”
Zidane also told the press that before making his decision to leave the club, he had spoken to the club captain Sergio Ramos.
“I’ve sent a message to all the squad and I’ve spoken to Sergio Ramos.
“As always as a person and captain, we have lived a lot together, he respects my decision. He wished me luck.
Apart from revealing that he had previously spoken to Ramos, Zidane was also effusive in his praise for the 32-year-old.
“He is a leader, a captain and it has been a pleasure to share three more years with him.”