An incident between Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Benitez suggests that the former manager did not have good relations with the Real Madrid players and supporters.
In spite of a three-year agreement with Real Madrid in June 2015, Rafael Benitez only managed to stay for six months as he suffered on and off the field.
Los Blancos were beaten at home turf by rivals Barcelona 4-0, but another incident with Cristiano Ronaldo and a USB drive built the heat even more.
According to El Pais, Ronaldo received a USB drive from one of Rafa’s coaches asking the star striker to analyze photos and videos to help him improve his positioning during matches.
This news created a big subject of discussion for the club’s supporters, especially in Spain.
Although the GOAT came back with a rather funny response. He did not accept the USB drive and asked to return a message for the boss saying, “Tell Benitez that I’ll send him a USB drive with all my goals on it for him to study.”
Rafa’s spell at Real Madrid did not end well because of the beef from Madridistas, tensions in the dressing room, and the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona on the home turf.
But he managed to send a positive message at the end of his time with Los Blancos. This was his message:
“Now, at the end of my time as first team coach of Real Madrid, I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club.”
“I want everyone at the club from the Board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans know that it has been an honor and privilege to be in charge at this club where I grew up as a person, player, and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team.
“As a Madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honor to work for these colors. I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabéu who since my first steps through the door have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.”
“With all that I have said still in mind, I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor, and his staff. To all the players, coaches, and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabéu, I wish all the best and also good luck.”
“With all my respect and thanks… HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE.”
Even after the USB drive event with Ronaldo, Rafael Benitez’s goodbye message clearly shows respect and humility.