#9 James Rodriguez (Rating 7.33) – Real Madrid
The future of James Rodriguez has been subject to intense speculation, but based on this rating and his impressive stats, it is perhaps prudent for Zidane to hold on to his star man for another season.
Often left on the bench, the Colombian superstar has just managed 21 appearances in the League this season with only 13 of them being starts. However, James has been extremely effective whenever he has played for Los Blancos.
8 goals and 6 assists this season have helped Real Madrid to win points in some crucial encounters. While the likes of Ronaldo, Kroos, Bale and Modric will always grab the headlines, should Madrid win the League title, James’ contribution cannot be underestimated.
One thing to be kept in mind though is that James’ impressive performances in the League have often come up against the so-called ‘smaller’ teams and this is perhaps the reason why Zidane does not start the Colombian more often.Published 19 May 2017, 14:25 IST