Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as Real Madrid manager – and now the club’s players have dedicated online tributes to the man who led them to La Decima.
Amazingly, just one year after winning Real’s 10th Champions League title, the Italian has been given the boot by club president Florentino Perez.
Ancelotti failed to win a trophy this season, losing in the semi-finals of their European defence, trailing Barcelona by two points in the La Liga title race and exiting the Copa Del Rey at the quarter-final stages to rivals Atletico.
His future was the subject of much speculation and now Madrid have confirmed he won’t returning after the summer.
Instead, they will announce a new boss next week, with reports suggesting it could be Zinedine Zidane, who has spent the last season working with the club’s Castilla squad.
Ancelotti was a hugely popular figure with the Madrid squad and will go down in history for his Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid last season.
He took to Twitter almost immediately after his sacking was made public and thanked the club, players and supporters for his two years as manager:
I'd like to keep in mind this two fantastic years at Real Madrid. Thanks to the club, the supporters and my players. #HalaMadridYNadaMas
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) May 25, 2015
Now some of Ancelotti’s former players have taken to Twitter and Instagram to have their say on the Italian.
Toni Kroos described it as a “pleasure” to work with the former Chelsea manager for a season and wrote:
¡Gracias Mister! It was a pleasure to work with you @realmadrid! I wish you @mrancelotti all the best for the future.
Brazilian full-back Marcelo followed that up with a tweet of his own:
— Marcelo Vieira (@MarceloM12) May 25, 2015
James Rodriguez was next to praise Ancelotti, commenting on how much he had learned despite spending just one season under his command since signing from Monaco last summer.
He posted this photo and wrote:
Thank you for all mister, I soon learned a lot from you.