REAL BETIS (2015 - 2016)


Rafa's move to the Spanish outfit for the 2015-2016 season was something he described as “a dream” during his presentation to the fans at Real Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarín.


This "dream" remark was more personal than professional for the Dutchman as it was a homecoming of sorts, a move closer to his maternal grandparents, who are Spanish and based 130 km away in Chiclana. A cuddle and peck on the cheek for his grandmother Dolores stole the headlines and highlighted Rafa's Spanish roots in a very public and endearing way.

But he failed to make an impact during his second shot at La Liga owing to a lack of chances at breaking into the Betis team. The absence of consistent game-time reflected in both Rafa's impact on the team's performances as well as his personal contentment at the club.

“One time, I trained well all week, but still couldn’t force my way in to the team. It was stressful, and I thought: ‘the best thing is to say goodbye.”