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James Rodriguez Receives Harsh Comments From Colombian Press
- Updated: January 20, 2016
Madrid, Spain – Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez has been the target of harsh comments due to his low-performance season with Real Madrid.
Mediocre, at best, is what the Colombian media are categorizing his season, signaling that his in bad shape and has not been fully concentrated. At first, many pointed at the difficult relationship he and Rafa Benitez had at the beginning of the season. However, with Benitez out the picture and the arrival of Zinedine Zidane, it seems like James continues to struggle, to the point that cameras showed how James and the French manager had a bit of an argument during last Sunday’s win against Sporting.
W Radio reporter Ivan Mejia said that James “does not train well, he has lost his sense of proportion. He goes out every night, he goes 200 km/h with his car and he is not humble anymore.” Mejia also added that James “will be a one-hit-wonder if he doesn’t start taking training sessions more seriously.” The report said that Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and James “sabotaged Benitez’s plans” as the Colombian “wants to be around Cristiano Ronaldo at all times and be one of his protegees.”
It is also being said that James is indeed overweight, and has not been able to get back in shape due to his wife’s commitment to Dancing with the Stars, Colombian version.
James was one of the promises that came out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and had a bright future ahead of him, to the point that deemed him a future Ballon d’Or winner.
All signs indicate that Zidane has a hard-task ahead of him and will be molding James, but only if he is able to get his head right. The God-given abilities come natural, but his physical and mental aspect need to cooperate with the talent.
Real Madrid is out of Copa del Rey and will not see week action until Champions League returns in February, and perhaps the injury to Gareth Bale gives James the opportunity to get more playing time. As of now, he will probably see a lot benching time.