James Rodriguez appears to have finally found his feet following his breathtaking €80 million move to the Santiago Bernabeu from AS Monaco this summer.
After a tricky start to life in Spain - which was hardly helped by the fact that many expected him to earn his keep amongst the Galacticos right from the off - the Colombia superstar is settling into the rhythm well, and with each passing performance it looks more and more as though Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to bring him in was a wise one.
Even the very best players in the world aren’t immune to the odd gaff however. One attempted trick too far and you can go from man of the moment to viral laughing stock in an instant, and Rodriguez’s fail during last night’s Real Madrid vs Cornella clash has firmly landed him in the latter category.
The 23-year-old had a very tidy game all things considered. Although Real’s position in the next round of the Copa del Rey was never really in question as they entered the second-leg of the tie with a 4-1 cushion from the first encounter with Cornella, Rodriguez's performance will have impressed those who were watching.
Real Madrid dominance
The World Cup’s star performer bagged two goals and assisted one on the way to helping his side cruise to a 5-0 victory, but even so his one instance of hilarity will be something likely brought up by his teammates nonetheless.
Having taken up a wide position Rodriguez appeared to be in the clear after Isco slotted him through with a ball he attempted to take into his stride. Rather than taking the time to bring it down and react to whatever situation followed James tried not to halt the momentum… it’s fair to say he paid the price of his manoeuvre.
He’ll be keen to banish the memory to the shadows given that Real cruised into the next stage of the contest, and continued their incredible winning run. Los Blancos have now won 17 in a row as they head into the Christmas break, and dreams of a famous treble have been kept alive by sensational form both domestically and in Europe.