Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale influenced Zinedine Zidane's shock resignation
Posted: 1 June 2018 Time: 13:00
In the wake of Zinedine Zidane departing Real Madrid after a trophy-laden two and half years, it has been claimed the recent antics of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo contributed to his shock exit.
Zidane stepped down as Real head coach yesterday in a surprising turn of events barely a week after his third successive UEFA Champions League triumph.
And Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes the aftermath of Ronaldo and Bale declaring uncertainty over their future at the club played a big role in his decision to walk away from Los Blancos.
"Cristiano Ronaldo instead of celebrating with his teammates decided to talk about his future, and there were doubts about the future of Gareth Bale," Balague told Sky Sports.
"All in all, he felt that the distance between players and manager, the authority of the manager, had been hurt. That is why he had to leave.
"He senses that the players need something new, they need a new voice. To actually manage the situations that are coming up now, situations like Ronaldo and Bale, these players have been complaining.
"Zidane probably feels that if the players do not want to talk to me, they are not listening to me, I am not the one to take all that on board and change the dynamics. He feels it is up to someone else to come in and deal with it.
"Not that it is impossible to deal with, but he feels that the dynamic has changed to a point where, it goes back to Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, where he said 'we will hurt each other if we continue', and Zidane feels the same. He has taken the team to nine out of 13 titles, what else is there to win?"