Liverpool fans adored him for the success he brought to Anfield. Chelsea's derided him as 'The Spanish Waiter' but ended up grudgingly respecting him...for the success he brought to Stamford Bridge.
Rafa Benitzez might not have produced the most flamboyant football sides in the world, but he sure did know how to make them win trophies.
Like many a top boss, his playing career was less than stellar. After a spell at Real Madrid's academy, he spent his time in Spain's lower divisions before returning to Madrid as a coach at just 26.
After cutting his managerial teeth at a number of Spanish clubs, he hit it big at Valencia, winning two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup.
Further trophies followed – but not the Premiership title the fans craved above all else. A brief spell at Inter was followed by an even briefer spell (as interim manager) at Chelsea. But he still had time to guide Chelsea to Europa League success before departing to a job at Napoli.
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