Zinedine Zidane has resigned as manager of Real Madrid just days after guiding them to a third consecutive Champions League trophy.
Also a legendary player at the Bernabéu, the Frenchman took everyone by surprise in choosing to bow out on a high rather than lead them into the 2018-19 season.
Among those who’ve been linked with the job include Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Arsène Wenger, who only recently brought to an end his 22-year reign as Arsenal manager.
There may be sadness at Zidane’s shock resignation, but there have also been plenty of jokes:
Sensational scenes at the Zidane press conference pic.twitter.com/og9M0A5FXq
— Esteemed Kompany (@StevenMcinerney) May 31, 2018
Zidane walking away from Real Madrid. “Completed it mate” pic.twitter.com/WDaHAn7xKS
— MorataSZN (@MagnificoMorata) May 31, 2018
Zidane has decided nothing will top beating Liverpool. He’s decided to pack it in
— Ü (@ThoseScouseLads) May 31, 2018
Great timing from Real Madrid to part ways with Zidane just as Sam Allardyce becomes available. Can just see him lay topless on a deckchair in the technical area, chugging back tins of Stella and throwing steak bakes at Sergio Ramos whilst calling him a foreign fucking fairy.
— Tom Todhunter (@tdhntr) May 31, 2018
A certain Big Sam practicing his Spanish after hearing the Zidane news… pic.twitter.com/6alCbjDW6c
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 31, 2018
Zidane has headbutted Florentino
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 31, 2018
With Zinedine Zidane resigning, at long last the stars have aligned… pic.twitter.com/pJP3CY5l50
— Football Burp ⚽ (@FootballBurp) May 31, 2018
‘Fuck off Zidane ya baldy cunt’ – 12 mins into the opening game of the season at Goodison
— School of Science (@SOS1878) May 31, 2018
— Alex Watkins↙️ (@alexmwatkins17) May 31, 2018
I need someone to create an app called Zidane. It lets you know when the right time is to leave a party.
— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) May 31, 2018
Pep left when the ovation was loud. Zidane to leave after leading Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League triumph. Some other coaches who I cannot mention for legal reasons did a Mugabe. Lmao.
— Dr. Dipo Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) May 31, 2018
Even Zidane was tired of Ramos and his nonsense.
— Haanim Galvaan (@haanimpi) May 31, 2018
Asap rocky : "My albums out"
Drake : "Not now"
Pusha T: "Not now"
Zidane : "Not now"
— Lumpy Space Prince👑 (@ChikaondaPatson) May 31, 2018
I'm sure most Spurs fans won't begrudge Poch going to Real to replace Zidane…They did celebrate their win Saturday night after all….
— David Stafford (@djstaffs1) May 31, 2018
Mauricio Pochettino's new contract at Tottenham contains a clause that would allow him to leave Spurs for either Real Madrid or PSG.
Zinedine Zidane about to f*ck Tottenham for that Champions league loss at Wembley. 😂😂
— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) May 31, 2018
Zidane choosing to leave on a high. It makes you wonder if Klopp should have walked away after that draw with West Brom? pic.twitter.com/J9SiHVlDM6
— Gaz (@Gaz2Putt) May 31, 2018
Zidane has left Real Madrid, this can only mean one thing.. pic.twitter.com/WBTWbhBg57
— Ryan 'RossiHD' Ross (@ROS5IHD) May 31, 2018
And the next Real Madrid manager is…pic.twitter.com/NFM0mkeACc
— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 31, 2018
Zidane waited for Arsenal to appoint a new coach first before quitting. 😂😂😂😂😂😂
— O O (@otoiks) May 31, 2018
Ronaldo: I have to think about my future.
— Bwite| 8é (@BE_WHY_T) May 31, 2018
— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 31, 2018
I'm surprised Sergio Ramos couldn't twist Zidane's arm to stay…🤷🏼♂️
— Ali (@RoyMustang786) May 31, 2018
zidane's replacement trying to fill his shoes pic.twitter.com/KG66bH2SIl
— Verified (@njiiru) May 31, 2018
if they replace zidane with wenger then there should defo be RealMadridFanTV😂
— Kerry✨ (@KerryOsborne6) May 31, 2018
me: I'm so excited for summer vacation with my family! Nothing dramatic to write about at all this summer. Just focus on my book and take it easy.
— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) May 31, 2018
Zinedine Zidane has left Real Madrid. Presumably in frustration at being unable to land Charly Musonda.
— Seville Calculator (@SevilleCalculat) May 31, 2018
Zidane resigned because the Devil has come to collect his due, he couldn’t delay it any longer.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) May 31, 2018
Ronaldo bout to come outta nowhere with some crazy statement so people stop talking about Zidane and start talking about him 😂
— 🇦🇷 (@iconic7s) May 31, 2018
I'm going to miss the way zidane touches his head when a player scores a worldie
— ENTRENADOR (@muhdahm3d) May 31, 2018
Me when I found out Zidane resigned pic.twitter.com/lNVg22hRy6
— Zanza 🇩🇿🇩🇿🇩🇿 (@minouthetrash) May 31, 2018
Zidane leaving before VAR implemented.
— IBES (@IBES16) May 31, 2018
I’m about to pull a Zidane on this woman, give her 3 kids in 3 years then leave her when she needs me most 😌😌😌
— Chemical Brother 👌 (@chemicalbroda) May 31, 2018
I don’t find the Zidane news surprising…
— Wiso Vazquez (@WisoVazquez) May 31, 2018
You broke my heart zidane, You broke my heart pic.twitter.com/yfoU8qCwwY
— Rahmani. (@RahmaniGhallab) May 31, 2018