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James Rodriguez makes disastrous start to Sao Paulo career

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The former Real Madrid star has struggled to regain his best form at the Brazilian club.

Since his arrival at São Paulo as a free agent this summer, James Rodriguez’s performance has fallen far short of expectations. The Colombian midfielder is struggling to find his rhythm in Brazil.

Despite reaching great heights in his career that few can boast of, the 32-year-old Colombian is currently struggling to regain momentum. Having been released from his contract with Olympiakos in April, the former Monaco player found a new home this summer across the Atlantic in São Paulo, reuniting with several former Ligue 1 and Bayern Munich comrades, including Lucas Moura and Rafinha.

However, despite the romantic allure of the Brazilian scene, James Rodríguez has yet to shine for the Serie A giants. In a recent clash with Vasco da Gama, he appeared out of sync, displaying nervousness on the ball and squandering an opportunity right before halftime. After missing a rebound from a penalty taken by his teammate Wellington Rato, he was substituted in the 60th minute. Coach Dorival Júnior said after the match, “Lucas (Moura) arrived in good form, James is a bit different, but he’s progressing, improving, and gaining confidence. It’s not easy. He has contributed a lot to the team.”

While coach Dorival prefers to preach patience, fans and observers in São Paulo are growing impatient. It’s been over two months since Rodríguez joined the club, where he is one of the highest-paid players, earning around 800,000 reales per month (approximately €150,000), including bonuses and performance incentives. Yet, there has been no significant progress in his performance.

James has joined Colombia for their World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Ecuador. Let’s see if he can turn things around upon his return to Brazil after the international break.