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Out of all on this list, there is perhaps none who so perfectly encapsulate the cult aspect of an icon as Rafa Benitez. "In Rafa We Trust" said Liverpool fans in the face of any criticism or uncertainty.
There is a profound sense of what would have been if Rafa could have enjoyed the full support and financial backing from stable ownership rather than be forced into battle for control of club matters.
After the genuinely likable and emotional Gerard Houllier, Benitez seemed another species entirely to Liverpool fans. The Rafa-lution at Anfield brought in the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres but on the flip side was also responsible for questionable acquisitions in the vein of Josemi, Albert Riera, Andrea Dossena and Alberto Aquilani.
But the cult of Benitez ensured his hero status no matter what because he gave us one of the greatest victories ever seen in the sport and our unprecedented fifth European trophy.
It is irrefutable that Benitez was a tactical mastermind, more than the equal of Jose Mourinho, who was an ever present rival in the Premier League. When he had the team working the way he wanted, Liverpool seemed unstoppable, with a domestic triumph whiskers away in 2008/2009.
When things weren't so hot, at times Benitez was impossible to read: his cryptic press conferences, his rotation policy and his mis-management of Steven Gerrard and Torres in the 2009/2010 season.
He was a Liverpool manager who genuinely got under the skin of Sir Alex Ferguson, although Fergie eventually won that round of mind games.
Many wish Rafa could have stayed, but it was apparent during his exit that the team was stagnating and change was needed.
Because of 2005 Benitez will forever remain in the hearts of Liverpool fans, and that memorable 4-1 demolition of Manchester United was demonstration of Benitez's dream in full flight.
Perhaps only Kenny Dalglish enjoys the sort of protective barrier the cult of Rafa erected around the Spaniard, and it will be up to Dalglish to pick up the pieces and attempt to surpass the Spaniard's achievements.