Former Bayern Munich player James Rodriguez was rumored to have several unravelings while in Bavaria. Those episodes — allegedly — ended with him storming out of a locker room, mouthing off to a coach, or needing to grab a heavier coat.
For Al-Rayyan, however, Rodriguez seemingly lost his mind on the pitch. The “best” description we could find about what caused the Colombian star to lose his mind came from the Daily Mail:
James Rodriguez was bizarrely sent off via two quickfire yellow cards for dissent for shouting at the referee in his new Qatari club Al Rayyan’s defeat on Saturday.
The former Everton man, who was let go by the Toffees earlier this year to complete his move to Qatar, was trying to get his side an equaliser while Al Rayyan were 2-1 down away to Al-Arabi on Saturday, when he was scythed down by opposition player Aaron Boupendza on the edge of the box.
Even though Rodriguez and Al Rayyan were awarded a free-kick, the Colombian midfielder was booked for protesting too much with the referee. Rodriguez reacted to the booking by protesting even more at the official, with his Al Rayyan team-mates having to pull him back from getting too close to the referee.
But Rodriguez had already done enough to earn himself a second booking and therefore a red with his protestations - and the drama did not end there.
The Colombian reacted with more fury and sarcastically applauded the referee for giving him the red card. He then took his shirt off as he was sprinting down the tunnel towards the dressing room.
Twitter account @FutbolBible captured the incident:
Meanwhile in Qatar, James Rodriguez seems to have lost his mind. pic.twitter.com/7ZieOO1NR9— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) October 31, 2021
This was game three for Rodriguez with Al-Rayyan, who ultimately lost the match 2-1 to Al-Arabi.