"Habitual winner, methodical and calculating. He makes his mark with precision, meticulousness and the belief that it is possible to shape destiny. Glory is always an objective, defeat is nothing more than a learning opportunity and victory is only one step forward.
"Nothing is ever enough for Rafa, his cool passion raises his competitiveness".
Nothing is ever enough for Rafa, his cool passion raises his competitiveness. He never drops his guard, his teams fight to the final whistle and he gives no latitude to those players who, for one reason or another, go from playing like boys to being experts in survival, those players who look to destroy the structure by hiding.
"Rafa combines dedication and the innate talent of someone who sees football as a game of chess".
Today is formed by what happened yesterday. He started at the bottom and more than anyone else he spent hours combining dedication and the innate talent of someone who sees football as a game of chess. Every move affects the next, all the pieces change in value, some days the pawn gives you glory and other days the one who brings you down is the one who you invested most in to win the game. The team is the most important, the synergy converts the weak to generals, the submissive to dictators, and the badge to a symbol that encourages victory; the defeats are not seen as individual but as a group, like soldiers ready to take responsibility as a whole unit.
This is his strength and also his burden, his greatness is his humility. In a world where we look for people to blame, he more than anyone else makes sure that his people never walk alone".