"To talk about Rafa is to talk about a person who is absolutely passionate about what we call football. Work rate, tenacity, leadership and a host of other virtues not shown by other people are perhaps his greatest assets, yet still wanting to accomplish more in the world of football. A brilliant career with great moments and other moments not so good.
"Rafa is study, knowledge, understanding, reflection, consistency, excellence, role model, example".
But from the latter group, as he himself has recognised in interviews both in public and in private, he has learnt a lot about how to bounce back after a fall. Study, knowledge, understanding, reflection, consistency, excellence, role model, example……These are the words that define Benitez. But above all, you can summarize him as a hard-working and meticulous professional. These are just labels carved through his own efforts, but most importantly they are attached to him and recognised in him from within the profession. How many coaches, especially in the most recent batch, don’t mention when asked the influence of Rafa Benítez? But to talk about Rafa Benítez is also to talk about an absolutely human person, intimate, approachable, committed….
"In the short term, the perception is of being with a generous person and firm in his principles".
like his family whose support for the most disadvantaged is easily recognised through their own humility. Even if Rafa does not boast about it, there are many instances where it is fair to say that he has shown simple human gestures towards people down on their luck. In the short term, the perception is of being with a generous person, firm in his principles as well as being with a great professional".