They classify James Rodríguez as the ‘star’ of the Champions League in Asia

This Friday April 8 the midfielder from Cucuta will face his main challenge of the season in Qatari football: the Asian Champions League. After the failure of the Colombian National Team in the World Cup Qualifiers, the ’10’ is already looking to turn the page.

Despite the fact that his team Al Rayyan was close to relegation in the Qatar League, they finally kept their place and will seek the international title.

The Colombian is expected to be one of the most prominent and for this reason the organization of the competition included him in a list along with the main figures that they will dispute it.

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What they said about James Rodríguez in the Qatar Champions League

The tournament that brings together the best teams in the AFC [Confederación Asiática de Fútbol]and that grants a quota to the Club World Cup, highlighted the presence of the Colombian. In a publication where they summarized the profiles of the main figures, they showered him with praise.

“The former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Monaco, FC Porto and Everton player needs no introduction. His move to Al Rayyan last summer sparked the interest of football fans around the world. Rodríguez has two UEFA Champions League winner’s medals in his cabinet and 59 appearances to show in his eight campaigns”, they initially mention on the tournament website.

The page highlights that his debut in the Qatar Stars League was quite positive, as he scored four goals and provided seven assists in 12 appearances. Al Rayyan is part of group A and James Rodríguez will face other figures such as Bernard, Caio, Salem Al Dawsari, Matheus Pereira and Manuchekhr Dzhalilov.

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“The last four times that Al Rayyan participated in the AFC Champions League he was eliminated from the group stage, something that Rodriguez and company will have in mind when they face Al Hilal SFC, Istiklol and Sharjah”, adds the organization.

James Rodríguez will debut in the tournament this Friday, April 8 from 12:15 pm Colombian timeduring his team’s visit to Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol Dushanbe. That will be the starting point for quite active weeks for the Qatari team, as it will play 6 games in 21 days.

The next game for the Champions League will be on Monday, April 11, when they host Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia, club where the also Colombian Gustavo Cuéllar playscurrent champion of the competition.