James Rodriguez made a name for himself at the 2014 World Cup with Colombia and proceeded to play numerous years with European giants such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich before joining Everton last season. While he did hit the ground running with the Toffees, injuries eventually hampered his playing time and he fell out of favor at Goodison this term. Now, James has hit a new career low. He’s left the Premier League side for Qatar, signing with Al-Rayyan:
James Rodriguez joins Al Rayyan from Everton, agreement reached and confirmed! Official teaser video already released from Qatari club – salary payment agreed with #EFC board. 🇶🇦🇨🇴 #JamesRodriguez
Medical already completed. James now set to leave European football. pic.twitter.com/Sn8viJTzd2
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 22, 2021
This will likely be the end of James Rodriguez’s career in Europe. He penned a two-year deal with Everton last summer to reunite with former Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, but he ultimately left the club to take charge of Los Blancos once again. James was then considered an outcast under Rafa Benitez at Goodison this season, with his hefty contract seen as a burden to the club.
At 30-years-old, there isn’t a ton of years left for Rodriguez anyway. His days playing with some of the top teams on the globe are evidently behind him. James Rodriguez has also had some attitude problems that haven’t exactly helped his path to this point.
James made 26 appearances for Everton in 2020/21, scoring six goals. The fee is undisclosed but these Qatari-based sides tend to have a lot of money which means he is probably getting paid very handsomely, even though the quality of football is much lower than he’s used to.