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Happy 60th Birthday Rafa Benitez

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Help us celebrate the big six zero with former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.

Today Rafael Benitez turns sixty.

Benitez’s resume makes for some interesting reading over the course of a managerial career that has spanned 34 years so far.

He started learning his trade as a U17 coach at Real Madrid. However, he soon found himself promoted from within the ranks. Reaching heights of B team manager and even first-team assistant back in 1993/94.

When he left Madrid as a young manager, he bounced around from team to team enduring some torrid six-month spells at the likes of Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura.

Then after one year with Tenerife, he got his big break.

He was appointed the manager of Valencia. It was here that he carved out a name for himself that saw him attract the attention of the big boys.

In a three year spell at the Mestalla, he scooped two La Liga titles and a UEFA Cup.

He was the man that broke the Barcelona and Real Madrid stranglehold on Spanish football.

These remarkable achievements caught the eye of Liverpool, who were after someone who could put a stop to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.

Benitez arrived in Liverpool in 2004 and spent six years at Anfield. While he won an FA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup and a Champions League, he never managed to win the elusive Premier League title.

Following his departure from Merseyside, he endured a sequence of short tough spells once more. This time with Inter Milan and then Chelsea.

Then came another success story.

Two years with Napoli saw him pick up a Coppa Italia and an Italian Super Cup.

This turn of fortunes in Naples saw the mighty Real Madrid come calling. But his tenure there was short-lived too.

Perhaps his biggest mistake was an apparent falling out with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since Los Blancos, a fruitless three years with Newcastle United saw him depart for China.

He is currently the manager of Chinese Super League side DL Pro.

Its not a bad trophy haul you got there Rafa, Happy birthday from everyone at Ronaldo.com.