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'Leave the good life': James Rodriguez told to make drastic lifestyle changes

James Rodriguez must change his lifestyle or football will ‘leave him behind’. That’s according to one former Colombian national team boss.

James Rodriguez isn’t enjoying the lifestyle of a traditional footballer right now. That’s largely down to him not actually playing football these days – at least competitively.

The Colombian doesn’t appear to be in Rafa Benitez’s plan whatsoever. What makes that worse for Rodriguez is that Everton are currently playing very, very well. They’ve essentially replaced him as a team.

And so it seems unlikely that Everton will come calling on him anytime soon. Not unless Rodriguez changes his lifestyle, anyway.

That’s the warning from one former Colombian national team boss. He worries that football as a whole will leave James Rodriguez behind.

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James Rodriguez must change his lifestyle

“James has to leave the good life and dedicate himself to football because if he doesn’t dedicate himself to football, he leaves football,” Jorge Luis Pinto told Semana.

“That story that I left football, no, football leaves you, that goes on everywhere in the world.

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“That is happening to James; football is leaving him, God willing he prepares well, works well, plays and can return to the Colombia national team because there is no doubt that he is a good player.”

There’s a very real risk that Everton aren’t actually Rodriguez’s problem here. Compatriot Faustino Asprilla – now an agent – reportedly claimed that no one wanted the 30-year-old this summer. Even at half the wages.

As long as Everton are doing well, Rodriguez has no chance of playing a significant part. Not unless he makes significant changes to himself. He needs to give Benitez and co. a reason to take another chance on him.

And as things are, they simply lack that reason.

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