After a stellar performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in which he scored a tournament high six goals, James Rodriguez made the move that many a star both up and coming as well as established make; a move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to play for Real Madrid who under Florentino Perez, who has shown no hesitation to splash the cash. The transfer cost of 71 million Euros however has proved to be a check that the Colombian has been unable to cash as he has struggled for consistent starting playing time, under Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane, although he started well for his first manager in Spain, Carlo Ancelotti who is now manager for the reigning domestic champions in Germany, Bayern Munich after he was sacked by Perez from Real. This relationship with Ancelotti is part of what explains the Columbian winger, who can also play as an attacking midfielder’s latest career move. He has agreed to terms to join Bayern Munich on a two year loan spell with the option for the Bavarian giants to buy the rest of his contract at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

This move may end up being a permanent move away from Spain even if he flops at Bayern, there is no conceivable way for Rodriguez to head back to Madrid because quite simply, he does not fit into the everyday lineup for Los Blancos. There are too many other talented forwards for him to waste his prime years wasting away on the bench, for a UEFA Champions League winner or otherwise. The fact that both of the clubs involved are wealthy enough to absorb the financial damage of the potential flop does not hurt either the player or the team’s chances. It is unknown whether or not Ancelotti will guarantee him a first team starting position but this is a proactive move to jumpstart a flagging career which just three years ago seemed destined for global stardom.


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