It’s been six years since James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid in a move close to €80 million after a scintillating 2014 world cup display, but his time with Los Blancos is definitely coming to an end.
There have been some highs and many lows which has led to a loan exit from the club even after winning nine titles, including two Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti was the coach that got the best out of James and he shone most in a Real Madrid shirt under the Italian’s tutelage.
James Rodriguez‘ qualities will always be remembered as he scored some remarkable goals like the overhead kick against Betis, a volley against Granada and other wowing strikes against Deportivo and malaga.
He also made some impressive assists, most notably was a sublime chip to Cristiano Ronaldo in a 3-0 Champions League win over Liverpool at Anfield in 2014
In the 2016/2017 under Zidane, he lost relevance and was just a rotation option. After being left out of the squad that defeated Juventus in the Champions League final, James Rodriguez sought a move away from the Bernabeu.
James joined Bayern Munich on a 2 year loan deal and was reunited with Ancelotti. He had a difficult start, but settled and thrived under Ancelotti’s successor, Heynckes to win the Bundesliga.
After an injury-hit second season and a poor relationship with the next boss of the German giants, Niko Kovac , Bayern opted not to make the loan permanent for 42 million euros.
The Colombian returned to Real Madrid amidst interest from Athletico and Napoli but ended up staying at the Bernabeu. A decision made by Los Blancos that definitely didn’t end well for James Rodriguez.
This past season has been really unpleasant for James Rodriguez; plagued with many injuries, few chances and inconsistency, leaving him out of the team and resulting to a very sad ending to his six years at Real Madrid.
The Colombian was the light of the 2014 worldcup, had the world at his feet and produced some magical moments in his early days at Real Madrid.
And with the sharp capsizing of his career. For James Rodriguez; it’s just a wine that quickly turned back to water.