Zidane announced his exit after just two and half years at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving a legacy of nine trophies.
With an overall record of 104 wins in 149 games, with a 69.8% win ration, Zidane leaves as the second most successful manager in the LaLiga giants history - after Miguel Munoz.
"This team needs to continue winning and they need a change. After three years they need different ideas, different ways of working and that is why I took this decision," he said in the press conference on Thursday.
"I love this club dearly and I want to thank the president for the opportunity that he gave me to come and play at this club, this great club. I will remain grateful for the rest of my life.
"Now, however, it is time for change, for me and for everyone, and that is why I have taken the decision not to continue as Real Madrid coach next year."
When asked whether his decision to step down had anything to do with Ronaldo, Zidane issues a blunt response; 'No".
"That has nothing to do with it," he confirmed in reference to all of his star players.
"I had the respect of all the players, which has been fundamental in achieving such success.
"These players have nothing to do with my decision, it's simply something I've chosen to do."