Real Madrid and their everlasting capacity to self-combust.
There isn’t a material more flammable than Los Blancos, and it’s always exposed to the public eye.
There is a mixture of extraordinary nonconformity and ambition, and they are always unable to manage their enormous sporting reputation.
Now they have the 13th European Cup, a historic achievement, the joy of which has only lasted a few days, perhaps even minutes.
First it was Cristiano Ronaldo and now Zinedine Zidane.
The father figure of the second golden age of the club has decided to leave, opening up a huge crisis before the confetti in La Cibeles has even been cleared.
Everyone who knows the French coach knew that this would happen one way or another.
As a player he gave up his contract without warning, and has done so yet again.
This decision has such a large scope for consequence, and he hasn’t even given Florentino Perez time to search for a replacement.
What are his motives?
Zidane has his own personality that’s unique, perhaps he was troubled by several critical problems within the club including Gareth Bale’s future?
It’s possible.
Surely there must have been a trigger, something that forced him to take this step.
The job has taken its toll and even the most humble of people tire of receiving little recognition.
It’s always been difficult for Perez to hold onto a coach for more than three seasons, even if he seems like the perfect fit for the team.
Zidane will be very difficult to replace and it will be even harder to appoint a replacement that will energise the club.
This split will come as a huge surprise for a team that has just won their third successive Champions League.
The impending chaos in the dressing room, where they see the French coach as a god, could be potentially damaging.
Think of Ronaldo and his own future and it illustrates Real Madrid’s incredible capacity to ruin things when all they have to do is simply manage their own success.