Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was once renowned for his ability to win titles with his teams and being an incredible man-manager. Nowadays, he is more known for his explosive rants and complaints against his own players and his inability to motivate them in the current climate of the game, where footballers hold more power than ever before.
Controversies have always surrounded the Portuguese as he is never shy of speaking his mind. This became his undoing at Madrid as his fallout with Real Madrid players by the end of his third season led to his sacking from the Bernabeu.
The signs were there long before that, however, as in his very first season at the club, he ostracised Pedro Leon and once openly claimed in a press conference that "he's not [Zinedine] Zidane nor [Diego] Maradona,” after he was asked why the Spaniard was being overlooked by him.
Mourinho’s dislike for him began during a match against Levante. The Portuguese asked Leon to warm up with the score at 0-0 but was left furious when he saw the winger leaning against the corner flag while watching his side attack, prompting Mourinho to yell (as per Marca): "What's he doing?"
After the final whistle, Mourinho ripped Leon apart in the dressing room, saying: "I'm not Michel [Gonzalez, the player's previous coach at Getafe], I'm something else."
That wasn’t all as the next day in training at Valdebas, Mourinho informed him that he would never play for Madrid again.
"You're not going to play again," the Portuguese raged. "I need players who will leave everything on the pitch, and you don't do that."
After that, Leon played only 87 minutes from four matches for Madrid.