Real Madrid might have sacked manager Rafa Benitez for the most bizarre reasons in world football.
The 55-year-old was relieved of his duties just six months after he replaced Carlo Ancelotti as manager of the Los Blancos but the reasons for his sack appears to be baffling as the former Liverpool gaffer might have been shown the exit door for being Ugly rather than results.
Real Madrid haven’t particularly been dominant this season but showed what they are capable off when they destroyed Rayo Vallecano 10-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu in a La Liga match recently.
However, there are complains around Real Madrid that the fans hates the image of Benitez – they are not happy that the manager is not looking as smart as Barcelona’s Luis Enrique or previous managers of the La Decima champions.
It was even reported that the board told him to trim down his body size and improve his image and when he led the team to a disastrous 4-0 defeat at the hands of their most bitter rivals Barcelona.
Before his sack, Benitez’s Madrid were placed third on the La Liga log with 37 points after 18 matches, four points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid and two points adrift Barcelona who have an outstanding game.
Maybe Real Madrid made a huge mistake sacking Carlo Ancelotti who won them their tenth UEFA Champions League trophy and let go the following season. Today he has been contracted to replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich – a perfect match according to many.
It was rumoured that Cristiano Ronaldo was unhappy under the Spaniard and it showed as his goals return for this campaign dropped and squad players like Isco requested for a move away from the Bernabeu while James Rodriquez was no more a regular in the team.
Rafa Benitez will probably feel he wasn’t given enough time by Florentino Perez who announced his sack just few hours ago despite claiming back in December 18, 2015:
“Rafa Benítez is not going to be replaced. Even though some media outlets are conspiring to peddle that line, Benítez was brought in to solve a problem and he is the solution, not the problem.”
Now, Zinedine Zidane would assume the ‘Merengues’ mantle after the president personally anointed him as the chosen one. Perhaps, Real Madrid fans will love him more because he is a very handsome guy and could past for a model but like they have witnessed in the past especially under Jose Mourinho the finest faces do not guarantee success all the time.
Goodluck, Real Madrid. Goodluck Rafa Benitez. Goodluck Zinedine Zidane.