After his prolific performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Colombian star James Rodriguez had the world at his feet as he became one of the most sought after players after the tournament.
James was rewarded for his sensational goal-scoring exploits with a World Cup golden boot after inspiring his side to a first ever appearance in the quarter-final stage finding the back of the net six times in only five games.
James Rodriguez Playing Career
The attacking midfielder started out his senior career with Colombian professional side Envigado in 2006 and later on in 2008 moved to Argentina where he played for Atletico Banfield before Kick-starting his European career in 2010 with FC Porto.
During his time at Porto, James found the net 25 times in 63 appearances for the Portuguese Giants. He won the Portuguese golden ball award in 2012 becoming only the second Colombian to win the award after Radamel Falcao as well as the youngest player to ever hold the honor.
In 2013 he moved on to join AS Monaco in France where he netted 9 times in 34 appearances. After his outstanding performance in the 2014 World Cup, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez who had seen him enough was convinced James was a Galactico in making which had him make the major move to Real Madrid within a month after Colombia’s Quarter final exit.
While at Madrid, he had a good first season under Carlo Ancelotti with his key performances leading the Spanish Giants to a 10th UCL title whilst scoring 13 la liga goals in 29 appearances.
Following Ancelotti’s departure, James struggled to impress in his second season under Rafa Benitez. He was used sparingly later under Zinadine Zidane in the 2016/17 season where injuries proved a block to his cause.
He was later released by Real Madrid for a 2 year loan deal in Bayern Munich where he linked up with Carlo Ancelotti again . He settled in and scored 14 goals and made 14 assists in 43 appearances over 2 seasons.
In June 2019, James left Bayern and returned to Madrid after asking the German club not to activate the option to buy him permanently on a £36.6m deal.
On his return to Madrid, James spent most of last season (2019/2020) on the treatment table or the bench scoring just once and making just one assist in 8 la liga appearances.
With one year left on his contract at Real Madrid, the club made a decision to agree to a deal reported to be in the area of £20m with English side Everton that sees the Colombian switch to England under two time former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
At 29 years, James Rodriguez clearly still has a few years left in his footballing career. If he can stay fit and injury free and deliver in the English Premier League, Colombia’s Golden boy could as well have one last go to deliver on his dream and end it on a high.
And what better man to manage him than Carlo Ancelotti with whom he has shown that he can deliver and the Italian seems to understand just exactly what the Colombian international is able to deliver for him.
It is safe to say that the forward despite being one who had the world at his palms, couldn’t get more time at Real Madrid and injuries became his tale. A few managers seemed to not know exactly how to utilize him.
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