“He is more of a brand than a footballer”

One of the former Everton footballers, Michael Ball, in his usual column in Liverpool Echo, charges against James Rodríguez and the decision to go play in the Middle East. It seems that the movements of the Colombian midfielder continue to have an impact on the English specialists, who expected much more from the Colombian.

Unfortunately, for Everton and the Colombian National Team, James Rodríguez never found his place, injuries in terms of football have taken their toll on him and took away the shine that was expected in England, but he could never take that step. At least at the beginning of last season (2020/2021), he tried to do it, but it was a moment no more.

All this does not stop generating reactions in England. James Rodríguez went to Qatar, signed for three years and will have various responsibilities at Al Rayyan, with whom he hopes to qualify for the Asian Champions League and stay away from relegation, he is eighth in a 12-team table.

Michael Ball, renowned former Everton footballer in the 90s, who writes in Liverpool Echo, dedicated his words to James Rodríguez and the decision to go to the Middle East, critical of the choice when he had the possibility of going to a much more competitive football, There is no doubt that money played a role and that now it behaves more like a brand.

“He could have gone to Porto, played in a decent league and the Champions League, but no. We need players who are fit and play every week because we just don’t have the strongest team to carry anyone. We need to have all the players. possible and we simply could not do that with James Rodríguez, since he is more of a brand than a footballer these days. He seems to have taken the option of money by going to the Middle East, “Michael Ball concludes in his opinion column.

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