Rubbished, reviled, rejected. Rafa.
As he posed on the Amsterdam Arena pitch with the glistening Europa League trophy in his hand, Rafael Benitez might have wondered what all the fuss had been about.
Branislav Ivanovic's dramatic late winner secured a 2-1 win victory over Benfica and left Chelsea's interim manager with every right to feel proud.
When he replaced Champions League winning coach Roberto Di Matteo last November, he was welcomed into a cauldron of hate by Chelsea supporters.
Despised by those in blue following his time with Liverpool, the new interim manager was mercilessly mocked, abused and verbally attacked in the stands and on radio phone-in shows.
Perhaps more respect should have been afforded to a man who had led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 and Valencia to La Liga success in 2002 and 2004.
Instead, banners proclaimed "We're just not interim" were unfurled, and Benitez was left to fight an uphill battle against those who detested his very presence on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.
But after securing Champions League football for next season and claiming the Europa League trophy, perhaps he will even be afforded a warm goodbye when he relinquishes his role after Sunday's game against Everton.
Benitez's latest triumph comes just two months after his infamous rant at the club's supporters following his side's FA Cup victory at first division side Middlesbrough.
His attack on those who had delighted in criticizing his tenure may have raised eyebrows and earned him a censure from the club's board, but it finally showed who was in charge.
Popularity has never been important to the Spaniard. But Benitez helped Chelsea salvage a season which had threatened to fall apart after it became the first ever defending title holder to drop out of the Champions League at the Group Stage.
A third place finish and victory in the Europa League is more than respectable for a man who was forced to swim against a tide of hate from the very start.
He is just the second man after Giovanni Trapattoni to win the competition with two different clubs following his triumph with Valencia in 2004.
All that, despite being faced with placards and posters calling for his head and being vilified at every opportunity.
In the end, as he stood facing the Chelsea fans with the silverware in his hands, he could afford a little smile.
If Jose Mourinho is the man to come in, then at least Benitez can be content with leaving his old adversary with a winning team.
"That was a great performance in the second half, against a very good team," Benitez told ITV following the victory.
"I'm really pleased for the players and everyone involved.
"We didn't have the legs in the first half, so we had to adapt. They players have worked so hard, all season. I am proud - it was not easy. I'm really pleased, really proud."
It could have been different had Chelsea's opponent, Benfica, managed to take some of the chances afforded to it on a night of drama.
Benfica began the brighter of the two, its players producing some sumptuous one-touch football which left Chelsea chasing shadows.
As in Munich 12 months ago, Chelsea spent much of the first half ensconced in its own half, desperately trying to prevent the Portuguese side from making the breakthrough it so badly craved.
But for all the wonderful flowing football, Benfica's deficiencies in front of goal were all too evident as it failed to convert any of the chances which came its way.
Instead, it was Chelsea in a rare foray into the Benfica half which almost took the lead seven minutes before the break when Frank Lampard's rasping effort was clawed away by Artur.
That scare appeared to reinvigorate Benfica and the Portuguese side almost moved ahead just minutes after the restart.