Well, that was a confusing couple of hours, but it appears those widespread reports were right. Rafa Benitez is no longer the manager of Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane has taken over.
President Florentino Perez was brief in his press conference, immediately confirming what we already knew to be true before handing over the football legend, who has been in charge of Real Madrid's B Team Castilla since 2014.
Castilla, of course, is a proper club in the Spanish football pyramid, but Real Madrid represents Zidane's first real job in management. Although it is a natural appointment for those who support the club, on paper it looks like a crazy decision.
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Needless to say, the legendary headbutting Frenchman is now the talk of the Internet and some of you have been busy tweeting some pretty funny/interesting/horrible things about Real Madrid's new and old manager.
Although there are thousands being written every minute, we have done our best to comb through and pick out some of the best for you viewing please, but first, let's recap what has happened.
What has happened
- Rafa Benitez has been sacked as Real Madrid manager after 7 months in charge
- Zinedine Zidane has taken over and spoke at this evening's press conference
- Twitter went mental
He said: “I’m going to do everything I can to make the best for this club.
“It’s a very important day for me. What I can tell you is that I will give everything or this club. Ever since I arrived as a player I knew how great this club was.
“We have the best fans in the world and the best club in the world and I’ll do everything to win.”
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