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Zidane walked out on his Madrid contract.

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In light of his departure from the Santiago Bernabeu, it appears that money is not the most important thing for Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman acted as an elite professional as he wants to be paid for what he deserves, with less insistence on monetary benefits for what he’s yet to do at the club.

The Frenchman has now walked away from Real Madrid twice with contracts still running, with the latest move on Thursday being confirmed after winning a third consecutive UEFA Champions League with Los Blancos.

Zidane’s running contract with Real Madrid saw him earn nine million euros a year and was set to run until 2020, and it obviously was not in his plan to see out the contract and then leave the club by the back door.

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There are many others who would have taken the alternative route to Zidane, and he has proved that he is not like them. It was a similar scenario when he left Real Madrid as a player ion 2006, giving up a year on his contract as he felt he had declined in terms of the quality he could offer on the pitch.

Zidane decided to leave the Bernabeu before he was forced out and he said goodbye to his playing career with Los Blancos in an emotional clash against Villareal.

He then proceeded to represent France in the World Cup in Germany and help France to the final where he attained more popularity for the wrong reasons after headbutting Marco Materazzi.