Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid: All the reaction from his shock exit

Zinedine Zidane has decided to go out on top by stepping down as Real Madrid head coach after winning a third straight Champions League,

The reaction to the Frenchman's sudden announcement was understandably significant, with his former club among the very first to offer their thanks.

UEFA offered a timely recap of Zidane's dauntingly imperious record at Los Blancos.

While Opta were on hand with yet another outstanding statistic that encapsulated Zidane's brief but silverware-speckled tenure at the Bernabeu.

Florentino Perez couldn't hold back the emotional send-off, labelling Zidane both his favourite player and his favourite coach having employed the Frenchman as both.

Several of Zidane's victorious charges took the time to salute their departing leader, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos kicking things off...

With one of the biggest jobs in world football suddenly up for grabs, thoughts naturally turned to the candidates, with one name looming large above all others.

Alternative suitors for the Real vacancy were also considered, but then quickly rejected out of hand.

In reality, a certain recently-unemployed elder statesman of the managerial scene has quickly been inserted as favourite to step into Zidane's shoes.

Indeed, prescient quotes have even been found that seem to lend the link a bit more credence.

Real have reportedly touted Arsene Wenger on several occasions in the past, not least in 2009 when president Perez said he "liked" the then-Arsenal boss and had "talked to him a lot."

Could it be? Could it really happen? Wenger taking one last bash at glory with Real Madrid.

Can you just imagine the scenes in North London!