Editorial (January 30, 2018) – James Rodríguez didn’t have a great three years in Spain with Real Madrid despite being the highest scoring midfielder in La Liga. The Colombian international never really enjoyed his time in the Spainish capital, but now he’s much happier.
James Rodríguez Seems Delighted Since Joining Bayern Munich
After struggling with injuries and lack of minutes in Madrid, Rodríguez moved on to the Bundesliga, in a two-year loan deal that sent him to Bayern Munich, a club where he found his perfect spot.
Rodríguez won the UEFA Champions League twice with Real Madrid, but he did not play a single minute in either of those finals, and he wasn’t even included in the bench in the last one against Juventus.
The shortage of minutes frustrated the Colombian, who arrived at Madrid after winning the Golden Boot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and leading his country to a surprising Quarterfinals appearance.
Rodríguez netted 28 goals and assisted 27 times for Madrid in La Liga over the last three years, more than any other midfielder in that time, according to Squawka Football, and had 36 goals and 38 assists in total.
But before the start of the 2015-2016 season, James suffered a thigh muscle tear in a international friendly match against Peru, and the injury affected his performance that season.
During that time until his departure to Germany the 26-year-old was a part-time starter with Madrid. He knew under Zinedine Zidane’s era he would have limited chances to prove his undoubtedly talent.
Germany looks like the perfect fit:
Suddenly, James’ life changed again last year. His dream for playing with Real Madrid turned into a transition to the Bundesliga.
Madrid decided to send him to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal until 2019 with an option for the German club to buy Rodríguez for €35 million. The price is incredible low keeping in mind James cost Real Madrid €80 million from Monaco.
James initially had trouble establishing himself with the reigning Bundesliga champions as the club fired head coach Carlos Ancelotti for the poor execution early in the season.
But the Colombian soon gained a place in the Starting XI, and his confidence keeps growing as he’s been an essential piece for head coach Jupp Heynckes.
James has scored three times and assisted six times since arriving to Munich, making him a part of Munich’s road this season to its six consecutive Bundesliga title. Also in the Champions League course, where Bayern has a favorable leg match up against Besitkas in the Round of 16.
The squad opens its arms:
Rodríguez’s new teammates received him in the best way possible. The Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal told Spanish dailyMarca that James “is a player who has everything to succeed at Bayern.”
Vidal also referred to James as a player “who leaves you standing,” and praised his abilities with his left foot and his free kicks.
The Chilean thinks Bayern can be magnificent in the Champions League with James in the team. “He is here for a reason,” Vidal added.
Maybe his time with Real is over, but if James continuous to show his versatile play at Munich, it will be pretty sure the German club will close the deal by buying the 26-year-old.
As the American author Deepak Chopa said, “all great changes are preceded by chaos.”