Olympiacos of Greece confirms arrival of Colombian James Rodríguez

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Colombian international James Rodríguez will play for Greece’s Olympiacos, the club announced on Thursday, where the midfielder will seek to recover his footballing level to return to his country’s national team.

“Olympiacos FC announces the signing of another world soccer ace, James Rodriguez,” said a club statement without revealing details of the duration of the South American soccer player’s contract or the amount of the operation.

Rodríguez, 31, came to Olympiacos from Qatar’s Al-Rayyan, where he stayed for just under a year. There he played 15 games in which he scored five goals and gave seven assists.

Before playing for Al-Rayyan, the Colombian midfielder played for Everton in England where he completed 26 games, scored six goals and provided nine assists.

He also played for Real Madrid, a team in which he scored 37 goals in two steps, the first after joining the Spanish club after his outstanding participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he won the Golden Boot with six goals.

But he struggled to live up to his €80m price tag by failing to get a regular starting job at the Merengue side and was sent on loan to Bayern Munich in 2017 for two seasons.

He returned to Madrid in July 2019 where he was again on the fringes of the starting eleven, starting just five La Liga games.

With the Colombian team, James Rodríguez has scored 24 goals in 86 games, but in the last calls he was not always called due to his low soccer level.

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Olympiacos also recently announced the signing of Brazilian defender Marcelo, Rodriguez’s former teammate at Madrid and who welcomed the Colombian.

“Very happy to be back with you, brother. Welcome James Rodríguez!” The side posted on his Instagram account with a postcard next to the Colombian.

Olympiacos is third in the Greek League with eight points, behind leaders Panathinaikos and PAOK Salonika.

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