Zinedine Zidane has shocked the football world by resigning as Real Madrid coach just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League with the La Liga giants.
At a news conference scheduled at short notice on Thursday, the 45-year-old confirmed he would step down following Saturday's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev saw him become the first coach ever to lift the European Cup three years in a row.
Club president Florentino Perez, opening the news conference, said: "It is a sad day, for me, for the club, the players, everyone at this club. It is an unexpected decision -- I loved him as a player, and coach, and wanted him always at my side. But when he takes a decision the only thing we can do is respect it.
"I would have liked to convince him, but I know how he is, so the only thing I can do is offer my respect and acknowledgement, and tell him he will always be welcome here at his home.
"This is 'until soon' as I have no doubt that you will be back. Although if you need a rest, we understand that."
Former Madrid star and France international Zidane was one of the greatest players of his generation, winning trophies including the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and 2002 Champions League, as well as the 1998 Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Zidane's retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the then 33-year-old decided to hang up his boots in the aftermath of that year's World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea FC captain, John Terry, has left Aston Villa after Saturday's defeat against Fulham in the Championship playoff final, both the club and the player announced on Wednesday.
The former Chelsea captain played a key role in helping Villa to the brink of promotion to the Premier League, making 32 Championship appearances, and manager Steve Bruce last week indicated that he hoped the 37-year-old might trigger the 12-month extension option in his contract at the club.
But in a post on Instagram, Terry said: "Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club. I'm very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.
"I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I'm still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100 percent belongs.
"I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa, I have learnt so much from him as a manager this season that will stay with me forever. Also, I'd like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony [Xia], who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with every day.
"Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level. Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal.
"But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future."