Real Madrid: A change of habitat for James



James Rodriguez’s imminent move to Everton will allow him to mark a fourth of Europe’s top five leagues off his personal checklist, but he’ll be left without a European competition to play in.

At 29, James has already played in Argentina, Portugal, France, Spain and Germany, winning league titles and always playing in continental competitions.

But now, with Everton, he’ll have to do without the Champions League or Europa League, at least for 2020/21.

His first continental experience came in the Copa Libertadores during his time at Banfield, scoring five times in eight appearances.

James then landed in Europe with Porto, playing 11 times in the Europa League and 14 times in the Champions League.

Monaco was his next stop and that has been, until now, the only club at which he hasn’t made a continental appearance as he spent just one season there before joining Real Madrid after playing an incredible 2014 World Cup.

With Los Blancos, the Colombian won two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

More Champions League appearances followed with Bayern Munich, too, before returning to Real Madrid at the end of his loan deal in Bavaria.

Now, James’ priority will be to help Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees return to competing for European places in the Premier League.



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