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Rafael Benitez Once Ordered Cristiano Ronaldo To Study Footage On USB Drive, He Didn't React Well

Jack Kenmare

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Rafael Benitez Once Ordered Cristiano Ronaldo To Study Footage On USB Drive, He Didn't React Well

During his short tenure at the Bernabeu, Rafael Benitez was given a hard time by Real Madrid fans and players alike.

Despite signing a three-year contract at Los Blancos in June 2015, the former Valencia, Liverpool and Napoli boss lasted just six months in the job after a torid time both on and off the pitch.

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Image: PA

The infamous 4-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Bernabeu was one of the main talking points during his time in Madrid but one story involving Cristiano Ronaldo and a USB drive may just top that.

Reports from El Pais claimed that in the early days of his tenure, Benitez sent one of his coaches to Ronaldo with a USB pen.

Why? Because Rafa wanted Ronaldo to study a host of images and videos to help him lose his marker during games.

Ronaldo's rocky relationship with Benitez during his time at Los Blancos was a huge talking point within the media circle in Spain.

But even they probably didn't expect such a bold response from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, although it was pretty hilarious.

Not only did Ronaldo decline the 'gift' brought to him, but he returned it with a message: "Tell Benitez that I'll send him a USB drive with all my goals on it for him to study."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Despite losing just three times in his short spell at the Bernabeu, the former Liverpool manager's stint was marred by fan discontent, rumours of dressing room unrest and of course, that 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona.

That being said, Perez and co. may have given Benitez a hard time but his goodbye message was classic Rafa - humble and respectful.

"Now, at the end of my time as first team coach of Real Madrid, I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club," the statement read.

"I want everyone at the club from the Board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans, know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club were [sic] I grew up as a person, player and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team.

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Image: PA

"As a madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honour to work for these colours. I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabéu who since my first steps through the door have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.

"With all that I have said still in mind, I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor, and his staff. To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabéu, I wish all the best and also good luck.

"With all my respect and thanks... HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE."

Topics: Football News, Football, Rafael Benitez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, La Liga

Jack Kenmare
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