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James Rodriguez: The strange curse pulls World Cup geniuses back to Everton

James David Rodriguez Rubio was born on July 12, 1991. He is a Colombian footballer playing in midfield at the Real Madrid club in La Liga and the Colombian National Football Team. At the club level, he got a lot of attention since joining Porto in 2012, shortly after that season he was named Primeira Liga’s best player, becoming the youngest player in history to receive this title. In 2013, he moved to France to play for Monaco for a transfer fee of 45 million euros. On July 22, 2014, James moved to Real Madrid for a transfer value of 80 million euros, making him the most expensive Colombian player in history, surpassing Radamel Falcao (60 million Euros in 2013). 

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In Colombian team, he started playing at the national U-20 level, where he was captain and won the Toulon Tournament in 2011, and in the same year he joined Colombia in the U-20 World Cup. His first major tournament for the Colombian team was the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in which he joined Colombia in the quarterfinals and personally won the World Cup Golden Boot, selected for the Team. of the tournament and won the best goal in the tournament. 

However, Jame Rodriguez’s career is also full of ups and downs. As the saying goes, there is no path to success filled with roses. Jame’s football career is the same.

James’s career is divided into 2 distinct halves, before and after the age of 24. Before that milestone, James’s rise in momentum made fans panic. In 2010, Porto bought James from Banfield for only 5 million euros. Three years later, Monaco is ready to activate the contract breaking clause worth 45 million euros to bring him back to the principality.
After exactly one season in Ligue 1, plus the World Cup that James won the Golden Ball title, Monaco transferred him to Real Madrid for a profit of 25 million euros. In his first season at the Bernabeu, James won the title of La Liga Best Midfielder and entered the squad of the year, scoring 17 goals in 46 games. 

Rodríguez had his first match for Real in the European Super Cup match at Cardiff City Stadium against Sevilla. Real Madrid won 2–0 and won his first league title with the club.On August 19, he officially scored his first goal for Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Nha with Atletico Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw when he came on in the second half for Cristiano Ronaldo. On 16 September, he made his first UEFA Champions League game in Real Madrid and scored the goal. Fourth in a 5-1 win over Basel. James made his first La Liga debut shortly after in an 8-2 over Deportivo. On 1 November, Rodríguez scored twice in a 4–0 win over Granada which included a volley from a difficult angle. On December 2, he scored another double, this time in a 5-0 win over Cornellà in the Cup of the Spanish King’s. On February 6, 2015, after scoring the opener in a compensatory match against Sevilla FC in La Liga, James suffered a broken foot bone and was scheduled to retire until the end of March, his first long injury. 

The best years of James’s life were stuck in Carlo Ancelotti’s mind, making the Italian strategist always think of him in pink images. But in the 2014/15 season, although James played sublimated, Real still lost to Barca in the La Liga championship race and could not successfully defend the Champions League title. However, Carletto is then fired and begins to beat his son’s downward journey. In the first season Zinedine Zidane took over Rafa Benitez, Real won the 11th Champions League, but James’s role decreased significantly, starting only 21 out of 52 games.

Zidane brought three consecutive Champions League titles for Real, so no one dared to comment on his management. James knew his redundant status, so he accepted to switch to Bayern on a two-year loan with a buy-out clause, hoping to establish a stable career in the Bundesliga.

Like with Real, James started life at Bayern as a dream. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spends his most blatant words on the deal as a gamble. At that time, Ancelotti was in power at the Allianz Arena and this reunion brought James’s career back on track. 

On 11 July 2017, Rodríguez arrived at Bayern München on a two-year loan agreement from Real Madrid.  Bayern had to pay the full salary and the loan fee in the two years of his service, about 30 million and have the right to buy it off after the loan period ends. He scored his first goal in a 3-0 win against Schalke and, after a difficult time due to injury, he was the main choice in the squad after Jupp Heynckes took over as Carlo Ancelotti in October 2017. James’s progression helped Bayern soar in the Bundesliga, he had 6 goals and 10 assists in 19 appearances, helping the team win the Silver Disc this season. James was helpless again, but despite that, the Colombian midfielder still became one of the most creative people on the Gray side for the sixth consecutive Bundesliga campaign.

“We have been completely satisfied with James’s growth, especially since Jupp Heynckes took over,” Rummenigge said happily. “James is such a great deal.” Great is just the word in the press conference room, not action. After all, Bayern unexpectedly refused to pay 42 million euros to buy James from Real. When Niko Kovac took office, he assumed that James’s presence would delay the long-term project that Bayern are cherishing.

As a joke of fate, James was forced to return to Real last season. Zidane denied a conflict with his student, but anyone can see the truth behind. James played a total of 8 matches in La Liga, with only 419 minutes, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist. At the end of June, when James unexpectedly returned to Real’s starting lineup, for the first time since October of last year, he expressed his disappointment. 

As for Ancelotti, he is still very passionate about James. After pulling James out of Real for 2 years, he once wanted to recruit a pupil while leading Napoli in 2019. Now, while holding the hot seat at Everton, Carletto still wants to drag James to the end.

Ancelotti has designed the system to wait for James, now only depends on negotiation between the two clubs. Country football legend Carlos Valderrama advised: “At Madrid, James was the best player for his debut season but the new coach didn’t like him. James then went to Germany and did well. I’m James, I’m going to England”.
James’s degradation until now remains a mystery to the insider himself. He is still very professional, extremely patient and never stops fighting. So, if you can go to Everton, it will be the best environment for James to redo his life. There was a Carletto like a second father, a group with less pressure than Real and the rains can erase the past.