James Rodriguez is no longer with Bayern Munich and that might be a good thing according to one of his former doctors.
The oft-injured Colombia international — news flash, he’s currently hurt again — drew the ire of one of his former national team doctors, Dr. Hector Fabio Cruz. Dr. Cruz insinuated that James has a “lack of professionalism”, which has caused many issues over the course of his career.
Specifically, Cruz bashed James’ approach to the game and the preparation needed to truly devote himself toward soccer (as told to Futboldred and captured by Marca):
The boy isn’t focused. Instead of working for the new season he went to fix his eyebrows and his hair while he should have been working. Big teams like Madrid expect professionalism, who will be prepared, but this boy has a bad head.
Cruz, however, did not stop scorching James the 28-year-old there and thinks that James’ lingering calf issues could be cured with a little hard work and attention:
A player who spends months away from the pitch and goes from club to club, how does he stay there? He’ll stay (healthy) at first, but if he prepared properly he wouldn’t suffer any of this. I already predicted that it would go wrong because he doesn’t work.
To hammer home how poorly he thinks James approaches the game, Cruz cited Juventus mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo’s commitment to the sport:
Cristiano took a week of vacation. He went on a yacht with his family to Greece and then the following week, he had 15 people preparing him for the season. He’s the most professional guy I know. James left the World Cup injured, hired a private plane, went to the beach and relaxed. That can’t be.
Whatever relationship James had with this Dr. Cruz, it did not end well.