Faustino Asprilla believes Ronaldo has a bad influence on James
The Colombia legend Faustino Asprilla said that James Rodriguez is badly influenced by his team mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has seen too much negative body language from the talented playmaker of late, with his gestures towards team-mates that do not pass him the ball or perform as he expects mirroring those often seen from Ronaldo.
“Lately what I am seeing from James – who I love and respect a lot is that his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid is damaging him.
“He has the same gestures when they don’t give him the ball [in the Colombia team]. When they don’t give Cristiano the ball he gesticulates to everyone. In Colombia waves his arms at his teammates.”
“At the start of the game he scowled at Alavarez Balanta and made a gesture. I don’t know if it was because he didn’t pass the ball or not.”
“The first thing James needs to do is help his teammates improve because he’s playing in a team of youngsters who respect him and no one dares say anything to him.
“In another team they’d give him a slap. At least in the Colombia side I played in we wouldn’t stand for it.
“It’s normal to argue with the referee and quarrel with rival players, but with your teammates it’s not.
“You can quarrel, but doing it because one of your teammates didn’t pass the ball is the ugliest thing you can do as a footballer. He’s picked up that habit from Cristiano Ronaldo, who does it every eight days”- he said.