Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has claimed Carlo Ancelotti, former Spanish national team boss Luis Aragones and ex-Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros are the best managers he has ever had, which excludes Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho from the list.
Ramos enjoyed a fraud relationship with Mourinho during their three seasons together at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Even though the Spanish defender was highly rated in the La Liga side, both for his performances and his importance in the dressing room, Mourinho did not hesitate to relegate him to the bench in some games, while putting the young Raphael Varane in the starting line-up.
Earlier this season, their fractious relationship reopened when Ramos questioned the commitment of Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas to the national team after the pair were ruled out of Spain's games against Belarus and Germany in November 2014 due to injuries.
Mourinho then responded to the player, saying: "Since I've known Ramos he has been a fantastic football player, but he is not a doctor and I am the same."
And now Ramos has refused to name Mourinho among his favourites managers, while praising the Portuguese successor Carlo Ancelotti.
"In my view [Carlo Ancelotti] is one of the two best I've had in my whole career. And, above all else he's a good person, which is a bonus when it comes to dealing with players," Ramos said during an interview with Fifa.
When asked who his other favourites were, he said: "Wow, that's a hard one. There's Luis Aragones, then you have Joaquin Caparros, who really believed in me when I was a nobody. I have had some fantastic coaches and Ancelotti's definitely in the top three."
Caparros was the manager who handed Ramos his La Liga debut at Sevilla before the defender made the move to Real Madrid, while under Aragones, the centre-back clinched the Euro 2010 with Spain.