Now though, the 45-year-old has decided to leave the Bernabeu on a high, resigning in what was an unexpected move according to club president Florentino Perez.
Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and Antoinio Conte are all potential replacements for Zidane according to the latest odds although such markets are usually extremely volatile.
dabblebet make Madrid a 6/1 (7.0) shot to win a fourth straight Champions League in their market for next season's competition.
Champions of Spain and England respectively, plenty will be expected of the two sides, especially City, who will hope that Pep Guardiola can translate the Premier League dominance his side have shown over the past 10 months into a tilt at Europe’s biggest prize.
Bayern Munich are available at 13/2 (7.50) having lost to Real in the semi-finals of this year's competition while Liverpool - beaten finalists in Kiev - are priced at 12/1 (13.0) to go one better in the 2018-19 edition. Jurgen Klopp has already been busy in the transfer market, adding Monaco midfielder Fabinho to his squad as well as the pre-arranged deal for Naby Kieta.
Paris Saint-Germain were favourites to win this season's competition after the group stages but wilted badly in the knockouts after being paired with the eventual winners. Thomas Tuchel has replaced Unai Emery at the Parc des Princes and dabblebet are 13/2 (6.50) that Les Parisens win the Champions League next term.
A full list of runners is available on the Champions League page of dabblebet’s site with the online bookmaker who are betting each way at 1/2 odds on the first two places ahead of next season’s competition.