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The Real story behind Zidane's departure

Even before the rumours stretched as far as Zinedine Zidane being lined up for €50 million (S$78 million) per year for four years to coach Qatar, his departure from Real Madrid was a sensation.

It came five days after Zizou had managed Madrid to an unprecedented three Champions League titles in successive seasons in his first senior coaching role anywhere, anytime.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'The Real story behind Zidane's departure'. Print Edition | Subscribe