James Rodriguez hints at shock return to Everton as cult hero, 32, faces leaving sixth club in five years

JAMES RODRIGUEZ has teased a potential return to Everton as he faces leaving his sixth club in five years.

The Colombian, 32, joined the Toffees in 2020 under his former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti.

James Rodriguez now plays for Sao Paulo in Brazil


James Rodriguez now plays for Sao Paulo in BrazilCredit: Getty
Rodriguez, 32, became a cult hero at Everton during the 2020-21 season


Rodriguez, 32, became a cult hero at Everton during the 2020-21 seasonCredit: Reuters

He gained cult hero status at Goodison Park, before being frozen out by Ancelotti’s unpopular predecessor Rafael Benitez.

Since leaving Merseyside, Rodriguez has played for Al-Rayyan, Olympiacos and Sao Paulo.

The attacking midfielder has found himself out of favour at the Brazilian club and has been left out of their last three matchday squads.

He has played just six minutes under new manager Luis Zubeldia and could soon be on the move once again.

According to Brazilian reporter Valentin Furlan, Rodriguez could soon leave Sao Paulo.

He adds that the star’s preference would be to return to Europe.

Tagging their former playmaker, an Everton fan account wrote: “Come home @jamesrodriguez10.”

Amazingly he commented on the post, replying: “Last dance ?”


He followed up his comment with a blue heart and laughing emojis.

Fans loved their former hero’s contribution, with one writing: “my glorious king james rodriguez.”

James Rodriguez scores overhead kick in Everton training

A second even offered: “I’ll pay his flight ticket.”

While a third commented: “I will come and pick you up myself.”

In 2014, Rodriguez was among the hottest properties in football after lighting up the World Cup in Brazil.

Amid offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, he opted to join Real Madrid.

On why he came to that decision, he revealed last month: “PSG and City wanted me [in 2014], both teams came with more important offers than what Madrid were offering.

Florentino Perez called me and tried to convince me, ‘What do you want? Money or Glory?’

“I answered him I wanted glory, and he then said, ‘well then it’s done.'”

He went on to win two LaLiga titles and a pair of Champions Leagues with Real Madrid.

Rodriguez spent two years on loan at Bayern Munich between 2017 and 2019, adding a pair of Bundesliga titles to his trophy collection.

He returned to Real Madrid for the 2019-20 campaign, before joining Everton in September 2020.

The cultured playmaker played 26 times for the Toffees, scoring six goals and laying on eight assists as his side came 10th.

Rodriguez has enjoyed a trophy-laden career


Rodriguez has enjoyed a trophy-laden careerCredit: EPA


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