James Rodriguez’s long-term career at Real Madrid may be in doubt but the Colombian reminded everyone at the club just what he’s capable of.
He was left of Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Saturday’s 6-1 La Liga victory over Real Betis through a slight injury, but he was able to get involved in a training session on Sunday.
In fact, he was more involved because he produced an outrageous piece of skill.
The midfielder picked up the ball on the right wing before a simply brilliant elastico which nutmegged his opponent before he finished by smashing the ball in from close range.
It was simply brilliant, take a look:
There has been plenty of speculation about James’ future since he pulled out of the Madrid's match against Eibar at the start of the month after claiming he had strained a calm muscle in the warm-up.
But he then joined up with his national side a few days later in the hope to play in World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Uruguay. Although he didn’t actually feature in those matches, the club were unhappy that he had travelled to South America rather than remain at the Bernabeu to receive treatment.
With both Luka Modric and Casemiro ruled out for the match against Real Betis, James would have probably been named in the starting XI if he had been fit.
James didn’t help the situation recently when, after playing brilliantly for his country, he said: "When you play and have the support of everyone, it makes a difference.”
If only he can produce those sorts of moments on the pitch, James will soon be loved once again by all at the club.