James Rodriguez won over the World with his antics in the 2014 World Cup and Real Madrid proceeded to sign him shortly after, making the newest Galactico addition to the Bernabeu ranks. Since then, things have gone up and down, ebbs and flows as James fell out of favor when Zidane took over and then grabbed a loan move to Germany to Bayern Munich.
Successful at Real or not, James Rodriguez is still one of the best players in the World at the moments and these 5 goals, the best he’s scored to date, are proof of just that.
5. Bayern Munich v FSV Mainz, 2018-19 Bundesliga
James Rodriguez ran ruckus when Mainz came visiting the Allianz Arena in Munich in March as he scored his first Bundesliga hat trick, a night where he really showcased his worth and why he was prized away from Monaco by Real Madrid.
The Colombian scored 3 goals in a 5-1 victory for the Bavarians but it was his second goal of the night that was a privilege to watch. Off balance and jogging outside the box, James took on a shot with his strong left foot and found the net, despite not being in the best of body alignments for the shot.
4. USA v Columbia, 2018 Friendly
It was with Columbia in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that James really made a name for himself. He has since performed to the topmost level for country whenever he has put on national colors.
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In 2018, a friendly with the United States, the American crowd was left stunned as James took a beautiful free kick from just outside the box with his left foot and found the top far corner.
3. Real Madrid v Real Betis, 2015-16 La Liga
Much like his goal for Columbia against the USA in a Friendly, James was given free kick duties just outside the box after a Betis defender had fouled Benzema.
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The free kick was exquisitely taken, with the ball floating over the crowd and finding the top corner, leaving the goalkeeper no chance to deal with it at all. The goal was one of his two wonder strikes against city rivals Real Betis.
2. Real Madrid v FC Barcelona, 2016-17 La Liga
El Classicos are always special, especially when Barcelona had already beaten them at Camp Nou. This one was one of the best Classicos of all time as Barca came calling to Santiago Bernabeu and James scored his first goal in a Classico.
The goal gave Real hope as they drew level, but ultimately it had to be Lionel Messi’s day as the Argentine wove his magic to give Barcelona a very late victory.
1. Real Madrid v Real Betis, 2015-16 La Liga
Another brilliant goal against Real Betis. This time a poor first touch in front of goal meant James had to go for the impossible. With back to goal, he had to try an overhead kick to try to find the net.
The execution was perfect as he connected wonderfully to send the ball into the back of the net, to make it 4-0 for Real against their cross-town rivals.