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James Rodriguez
Gender Male
Ethnic Colombian
Job Colombian Footballer
Desc Luis Campos’ arrival at Monaco in the summer of 2013 coincided with a galacticos-style splurge from the principality club. Their most expensive acquisition was Rodriguez, who joined from Porto for £40.5million. The attacking midfielder impressed at the Stade Louis II, scoring 10 goals in 38 games before joining Real Madrid after a star-making turn at the 2014 World Cup. After three years and two Champions Leagues, Rodriguez was loaned to Bayern Munich, where he added two Bundesligas to his trophy cabinet before returning to the Spanish capital this season


Org Colombian National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Bayern Munich [Loan]
  Real Madrid


Agent Jorge Mendes
Stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo

2015 01 31 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez telling he actually preferred his goal for Colombia against Japan at Brazil 2014, rather than his FIFA Puskas Award-winning strike versus Uruguay - which recieved a massive 1.38 million votes from fans] It was a long through-ball I ran on to, after which I managed to round the last defender with a feint and dink it over the keeper. Of all the goals I scored at the World Cup, that was the one I liked best

2015 04 26 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez says Javier Hernandez is reaping the rewards of being patient after helping fire Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday] Chicharito is doing really well. He’s training hard and I’m happy for him. It’s so fair what is happening to him now, he has been patient. Ancelotti asked us for more control in the second half. They were attacking a lot, but in the second half we knew how to control the game. They leave spaces, so Real Madrid are much more dangerous and have players who can take advantage of that

2016 11 30 Retrieve

[James Rodríguez capitalised on a rare chance in the starting lineup to score] James Rodríguez capitalised on a rare chance in the starting lineup to score

2017 05 06 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez’s wife Daniela Ospina reveals why Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has a Real Madrid shirt in his house] Once in Barcelona, I met Shakira and her children, Salomé was happy because she’s a mega fan of her, and so am I! Haha! Shakira, in a second, said to Milan: ‘Look, she’s the daughter of James!’ And Milan said: ‘I have the James No 10 shirt!’

2017 07 15 Retrieve

[New Bayern Munich signing James Rodriguez speaks about his admiration for Bayern Munich] The Bundesliga is very attractive and I always watched Bayern games as a kid because it’s a very big club. Bayern is an historic club and everybody knows what it represents on the world stage. I’m very proud to be only the second Colombian [after Adolfo Valencia] to play for Bayern. I want to make history here

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez speaks of his admiration for former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn] Bayern Munich is just as big a club as Real Madrid, if not even bigger. I always had a lot of respect for Bayern, but when I was mulling over the move to Munich, I looked at the squad and thought: ‘There’s just as many stars here as at Real and the quality is exactly the same. Above all, I remember Oliver Kahn - one of the biggest personalities in world football. He always represented FC Bayern’s never-say-die mentality. Oliver Kahn has a very strong character and he always wanted to win, something I connect to this club. Many players have become legends in Munich.

2019 06 04 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez insisted his focus was on Colombia despite uncertainty over his club future with his loan to Bayern Munich coming to an end this summer] I’m in selection mode now. I’m calm and I just want to think about the Colombia team and later we’ll see.

Physically I’m very good. I believe I am doing very well already. I just wanted to get here well and I’m on a very good road

: 2019 06 04b James Rodriguez will not be returning to Bayern Munich on a permanent deal after asking the Bundesliga champions not to exercise their option to purchase him

2019 06 06 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez’s face doesn’t fit at Kovac’s new Bayern, but a return to Real Madrid also seems unlikely. The attacker’s relationship with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is also not a warm one] I’ve never had any problem with James, despite what the media might say

2019 06 06b Retrieve

[A concrete offer from Napoli or any other club has yet to materialise, meaning that James Rodriguez finds himself in a type of limbo as his future is uncertain] In June, we will see. I have everything in Madrid: a house, people who love me… I don’t know, let’s see what happens

2019 06 20 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez provided the assist for Duvan Zapata’s winner against Qatar] We had a very good game. We are on the right track. When you have Radamel Falcao and Duvan you always have a goal.

: 2019 06 21 Real Madrid are refusing to let playmaker James Rodriguez leave the club on loan this season, instead holding out for a permanent deal amid interest from Napoli.

2019 06 24 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez admits he does not know where he will be playing club football next season but insists he is fully focused on Colombia’s Copa America campaign] Right now I’m only thinking about the Copa America. I still don’t know where I’ll go but I want to be calm. The decision depends on the club [Real Madrid]. There are people with a lot of power there, I can’t do much. I haven’t spoken with Zidane.

2019 06 28 Retrieve

[Colombian’s father Wilson Rodriguez claims Napoli are the best option for James Rodriguez] I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and [fellow Colombian] David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very important. Napoli are the best option for him. He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God. Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship. The coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now.

[James, who also took in a spell with Monaco in Ligue 1 before heading to Madrid in 2014, is considered to have played the best football of his career to date under current Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti] Porto, Spain, Bayern, are all very different situations that I believe he has always faced with the same attitude. His best season remains that in Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti, but I am optimistic for the future

2019 06 29 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez says his future lies in the hands of Real Madrid as he continues to be linked to a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli] I don’t know yet where I will play next season. I have another three weeks to think about it. It doesn’t just depend on me, [I] have to see what Real Madrid will decide. There are people inside who decide a lot, I can’t do anything.

2019 06 29b Retrieve

[James Rodriguez’s father Wilson Rodriguez has suggested that a move to Italy would be the preferred choice for his 27-year-old son this summer] I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and [fellow Colombian] David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very importanti. Napoli are the best option for him. He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God. Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship. The coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now

: 2019 07 08 Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken in glowing terms of the true quality of reported transfer targets James Rodriguez and Mauro Icardi.

: 2019 07 10 Paul Pogba to Real Madrid on hold as Blancos struggle to offload Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodriguez.

: 2019 07 16 Napoli are attempting to sell a handful of players in order to raise funds for the permanent transfer of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

: 2019 07 25 James Rodriguez is fair game for Atletico Madrid, says club president Enrique Cerezo, with there no pact with neighbours Real Madrid that would be broken if an approach is made

: 2019 07 26 Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin has admitted that it would be very nice if James Rodriguez were to cross the Madrid divide and join Los Rojiblancos.

: 2019 07 26b James Rodriguez is expected to leave Los Blancos and Zinedine Zidane says his future is something for the club to worry about. James is linked with Napoli and Atletico Madrid after returning to the Santiago Bernabeu from a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich

: 2019 07 26c Napoli will still try to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez even if they pull off a club-record deal for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe.

: 2019 08 07 Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have not been named in Real Madrid’s squad to face Red Bull Salzburg in a pre-season friendly match on Wednesday. Bale had reportedly agreed a £1 million-a-week deal to move to China with Jiangsu Suning back in July, but Madrid seemingly refused to let the four-time Champions League winner leave without a significant transfer fee.

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[Real Madrid (1) vs (1) Real Valladolid. Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez says returning to play at the Santiago Bernabeu was a ‘unique feeling’ despite the team failing to grasp all three points] Back at the Bernabeu after a long time. It was a unique feeling. Thanks to the fans for the support. We will continue to work in order to improve

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Real Madrid have suffered another setback after it was confirmed James Rodriguez has suffered a calf injury] After the tests carried out today on our player James Rodríguez by the Real Madrid Medical Services he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the right soleus. His recovery will continue to be assessed

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez is hoping to become an important player for Real Madrid this season after staying with the La Liga giants] I really hope that this can be my season with Real Madrid

[After returning to the Santiago Bernabeu last month, James admitted it was a unique feeling to be back] Back at the Bernabeu after a long time. It was a unique feeling. Thanks to the fans for the support. We will continue to work in order to improve

[Zidane praised James after that match, with the 28-year-old managing to impress despite a lingering injury] James played a good match, he left the pitch because he was a little hurt and we prefer to not take risks. But he did a good job, especially in the first half

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Bayern are well known for their annual participation in Oktoberfest] It’s a bit strange for me, Oktoberfest is a mythical party, but I think it’s another culture and every day I learn a lot of things

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez told why he should cross Madrid divide to join Simeone at Atletico] James is a great player who has had a difficult time, what they say about him, what they speculate is something that is not very positive, but talent is always there. If he goes and he is with a coach who confides in him, who trusts him, he will be able to act normally. He has been around for many years and knows what is at stake. If he appreciates the opportunity he has, or continues on his way, he is still young enough to continue unlocking all the potential he has. I’d like to see him at that club [Atetico]. Apart from what they are as a team, he would be with a demanding and winning coach who could further enhance the characteristics that James has. He has been in Europe for many years and joining Atletico would be important . What he needs is to play, to have confidence again, to quieten so many things that are said about him off the field and dedicate himself only to playing. If you have the support of a coach, of a club that opens doors for you, that gives you the opportunity to play, which is what you need. A player without competition is not the same. If this happens and he takes advantage of that opportunity, it could be very important for him.

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez also dropped subtle transfer hints by insisting his next move will be to a team that will allow him to show his abilities] It’s always uncomfortable to listen to the many lies that are said about someone, what’s important is the opinion of my family and those who know me. Anyway, it’s something that doesn’t affect me because I know what’s true and I work hard every day to be where I am. Those who surround me are always happy with what I have to offer. A lot of things have been said about me and almost all of them are lies. What most annoys me is that my professionalism has been put in doubt, and I can’t accept that. I am very professional, that’s why I got where I am now. It’s reassuring that the people that are by my side and worked with me know what I’m talking about. I take care of myself like nobody else. I train a lot in my day to day. I always want to improve.

[Rodriguez could stay at Real beyond the summer, adding perceived differences with Zidane are pure speculation] There never was any problem [with Zidane]. Every manager has a different taste. We have a normal working relationship. In the future, you never know what’s going to happen, but if they let me choose, I would pick a club where I could show my abilities and my conditions.

[He also added that any footballer who feels his efforts in training are not being rewarded would also find it difficult and feel underused] In this moment in time I am not in a protagonist role. I am training and working for when I will have to, I will do it well. I am also thinking about the future, and that I will have to perform at my maximum level wherever I will be. I am happy with what I’m doing, my work and my talent cannot stop me from dreaming. I’ll be honest: I always want to play, I am competitive.

At Madrid there are players of incredible quality and I know that with my talent and some consistency I could help the team in so many ways. But I understand that Zidane has his basis. He won important things with players that he trusts. It’s also complicated when your manager doesn’t give you minutes consistently, it gets tough

2020 06 24b Retrieve

[James Rodriguez says Real Madrid stopped him from joining another Spanish club last summer and that he also turned down down a move to Italy] There was a very good proposal from a Spanish team, which Real Madrid rejected. I’d prefer not to say the name of the team. I thought it was a done deal, but they didn’t let me go to the club I wanted to join. They wanted me to go to another team

There was an offer from Italy, but it didn’t convince me, I felt it wasn’t good. My representative, Jorge Mendes, told me that a proposal had come from China, but I replied that I would not go. I wasn’t willing to do it because I feel I can still give a lot in Europe.

There was never any problem [with Zidane]. Every coach has their tastes. We have a normal working relationship. I don’t have a central role, but I am training and working for when it is my turn, so I can do well. I am also thinking about the future, that wherever I am I have to perform at my highest level. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but if they give me a choice then I would choose a club where I could show my abilities and my potential.

A lot of things are said about me and almost all are lies. What bothers me most is that my professionalism is doubted. I do not accept that. I am very professional, that is why I have gotten to where I am. People who are next to me and have worked with me know what I am talking about. I take care of myself like no one else. I train a lot in my day-to-day life. I always want to improve

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez wanted to join Atletico Madrid but was denied the opportunity to by Real Madrid, the Colombia international’s stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo has said] James would have preferred to go to Atlético Madrid in case of a transfer. This does not mean that there were no attempts and appreciations from other clubs as well. He feels comfortable in Spain, on a personal level, and was not convinced to change countries. It may be that the friendly summer game played a role. But in the end, Real, who wants to dominate in Spain and the world, still considers the player to be important to his team and decided not to sell him. This was the official position

I don’t think James has closed the negotiations with Napoli, an important club with great prospects. In my opinion, as James’ adoptive father, I think the point was that in order for someone like him to be transferred, you have to agree in many places and in many ways

Whatever the club of his future, we hope the pieces of the puzzle will come together as they did not last year. If it’s a big club like Napoli, great. There must be a solution that satisfies everything on a human level, and on a technical project, and obviously on the economic issue

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[James Rodriguez reflects on Man Utd links & reveals Real Madrid blocked ‘really good offer’ in 2019] I think there was some kind of talk there. My manager has a great relationship with the club, and his name is Jorge Mendes. Well, we always dream of getting in a big club. Since I was a child I always admired Manchester. I always saw those teams with Rio, with [Ryan] Giggs and [Paul] Scholes, there were a lot of prodigious players, and I wanted to get there in that year, but it didn’t happen. I thought that I had to play for a club that wasn’t so big. From there I went to France, just before the World Cup. My plan was to go to the World Cup, have great participation there, score goals, reach a good level and from there play for a big club. Then the Real Madrid thing happened

[He admits that he had been hoping to secure a permanent move away from the Blancos on the back of two years in Germany] I stayed this year because … Let me tell you what happened. Last summer I got a really good offer from a club, I don’t want to say the name, but I could go there because I knew that I wouldn’t play much here. I knew it. So I got this offer from this club and I haven’t been allowed to leave due to several issues. So basically I’m here this year because of the circumstances, not because I wanted to be, because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to play much. But here I’m learning every day and hopefully in the future I will be able to play more. I know that I have the talent and I believe in my daily work