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‘This boy has a bad head… he went to fix his eyebrows and hair while he should have been working’: Former Colombia national team doctor slams James Rodriguez’s attitude after he sustains latest injury

  • The star’s professionalism has been slated by a former national team doctor
  • James’ long term future at Real Madrid remains unclear amid his lack of focus 
  • Doctor Hector Fabio Cruz had predicted James’ downfall following Spain move 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic was used to contrast the Colombian’s struggles 
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A former Colombian national team doctor has slammed James Rodriguez’s lack of professionalism, stating that a lack of focus is the primary factor behind his fall from grace at Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old was expected to be axed by boss Zinedine Zidane this summer, but an untimely calf injury has now likely scuppered any lingering hopes of a move away.

And James’ current woes are a problem of his own making, according to an extraordinary interview published in Marca.

James Rodriguez's lack of focus has been slammed by an ex-Colombian national team doctor

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James Rodriguez’s lack of focus has been slammed by an ex-Colombian national team doctor

Hector Fabio Cruz, speaking to Futbolred, slated the Colombian star and said: ‘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.’

James’ stuttering career, following his reported £63million move to the Bernabeu, has seen the playmaker loaned out to German giants Bayern Munich for the last two seasons.

But a permanent switch to Niko Kovac’s side ultimately failed to materialise, forcing James to return to his parent club and scrap for first-team action once again.

Hector Fabio Cruz highlighted James' poor work ethic as a cause behind his stuttering career

Hector Fabio Cruz highlighted James' poor work ethic as a cause behind his stuttering career

Hector Fabio Cruz highlighted James’ poor work ethic as a cause behind his stuttering career

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Cruz attributes the Colombian’s stop-start spell in Spain to his reluctance to work hard. 

He added: ‘A player who spends months away from the pitch and goes from club to club, how does he stay there?’

‘He’ll stay 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.’

The doctor also opted to use Cristiano Ronaldo’s relentless work ethic as an example that James should strive towards.

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo was described by Cruz as 'the most professional guy' he knows
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo was described by Cruz as 'the most professional guy' he knows

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo was described by Cruz as ‘the most professional guy’ he knows

‘Cristiano took a week of vacation,’ Cruz explained. 

‘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.’ 

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