Hatem Ben Arfa savoured Rennes’ shock Coupe de France triumph over old club Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old forward played at PSG for two seasons, but struggled to gain favour in the French side’s star-studded squad.
Despite featuring in 23 of PSG’s games during his debut campaign, Ben Arfa found himself completely frozen out of the team last season by failing to make even a single appearance.
After being released last summer, the Frenchman signed for Rennes and got his revenge on Saturday at the Stade de France by helping his new club win their first Coupe de France since 1971.
Initially, it didn’t seem to be that way for Rennes, though, after Dani Alves and Neymar scored to hand PSG an early lead.
But the Bretons embarked on a sensational comeback to take the final into extra-time following Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal and Mexer’s header.
Julien Stephan’s side then defeated PSG, who lost Kylian Mbappe to a red card, 6-5 on penalties to pull off one of the biggest upsets in French history.
And Ben Arfa wasted no time at all in taking a dig at his former employers. The former Newcastle player mocked PSG’s capitulations in the Champions League, which has seen them squander leads against Manchester United and Barcelona in recent seasons.
“This is my greatest title,” said Ben Arfa, according to ESPN.
“We pulled off a Remontada [Comeback], but PSG are used to that.
“It was complicated [his time with PSG]. Everything comes back to you one day, which is what I told the president [chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi] — the human side must be respected. When you do not do that, at some point, you pay for it.
“One day, Adrien Rabiot [currently frozen out by PSG] will come back with a different team against PSG, and they will be hurt then as well — that is life. When you do wrong, wrong comes back on you.
“I have nothing against PSG. I love the club, since I was small — the problem is the institution, the people in charge. Once again, the human must be respected.
“This victory brings me extraordinary joy. Regarding Nasser, this is especially important. Never underestimate your opponent — one day, they will come back stronger.”
Ben Arfa has managed nine goals and six assists in 39 appearances for Rennes this season.
🔙 Comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
🇫🇷 Hatem Ben Arfa scores a penalty vs his former side.
🥅 Win the penalty shootout 6-5.
✅ Beat the reigning champions.
🏆 First Coupe de France trophy since 1971.
— SPORF (@Sporf) April 27, 2019