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James Rodriguez, A Golden Boy.

The player who absolutely rocked in 2014 world cup for Colombia. Also won the golden boy award of that world cup. He was one of the then youngest talented player in the world. Just after the world cup ended he was signed by Florentino Perez from Monaco. He had some wonderful games at the start, used to begin games under Carlo Ancelotti, he got sacked. Then came Rafa Benitez with whom Real Madrid played their worst football of the decade, he had less chances under him also.

The story didn’t ended their for the golden boy, soon after the 2-0 Wolfsburg game Zinedine Zidane was appointed and then began the days he suffered a lot as a player. He was managed by Zidane for 1 and a half year. He don’t used to be in the starting X1’s since Zidane was appointed. Although they won back to back Champions Leagues but he was loaned by Zidane to Bayern Munich, where he had 2 great seasons and performed his best but it wasn’t enough to satisfy the Frenchman.

He returned back to the Bernabeu in 2019 but till March of 2020 he barely played under Zidane. Looks like he is a forgotten man in Zidane plans, the French manager doesn’t want him anymore. But why? Any personal issues or something, we don’t either know. He currently holds the 2nd best Goal/Assist ratio in Europe’s top 5 leagues just behind Leo Messi. The golden boy has also scored 37 times and provided 42 assists for Real Madrid in 124 appearances, but still Zidane gives him less game time as he chooses players with likes of Isco, Vasquez and Bale (who is mostly injured) ahead of him. It will be such a shame if Real Madrid lose a player of his class.