James Rodriguez' match worn Adidas F50 Adizero

James Rodriguez' match worn Adidas F50 Adizero

James Rodriguez' match worn Adidas F50 Adizero

Player name: James David Rodriguez Rubio
Country: Columbia
Clubs: Envigado, Banfield, Porto, Monaco, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich (loan)
DOB: 12/07/1991
Position: Attacking midfielder/winger
Height: 5ft 11in
James David Rodríguez Rubio, commonly known simply as James, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Spanish club Real Madrid, and the Colombia national team. He has been praised for his technique, vision and playmaking skills, and often referred as the successor to his compatriot Carlos Valderrama.

Starting his career at Envigado and then moving to Argentina side Banfield, James became well known in Europe during his time at Porto, winning several trophies and individual awards during his three years at the club. In 2014, James moved from AS Monaco to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £63 million, following his performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup which beat the one set by Radamel Falcao and made him the most expensive Colombian football player and one of the most expensive players at the time. In his debut season, he was named in the La Liga Team of the Season and won La Liga Best Midfielder. In 2017, he signed for German club Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.

James started his international career with the Colombia under-20 team, with which he won the 2011 Toulon Tournament. He then captained the U-20 team during the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Due to his performance in the tournament, he was regularly called into the senior squad by the age of 20. He played in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning the Golden Boot as the goalscorer in the former tournament and being included in the Cup's All Star Team. He also represented his nation at the 2015 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario in 2016, and the 2019 Copa América, winning a third-place medal in 2016.

Here we have managed to get our hands on a pair of James' match worn Adidas F50 Adizero boots, which he wore in his debut season at Real Madrid (2014-15). This was shortly after his incredible form at the 2014 FIFA World Cup which won him the golden boot in the tournament and put his name in the shop window for the world's biggest clubs. In a post-match interview during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, James stated his "love", "admiration" and "passion" for Real Madrid, saying that it would be a "life's dream" to play for them after his performances aroused rumors linking him to the Spanish club.

On 22 July 2014, James confirmed the rumours by signing a six-year contract with the Spanish club for an undisclosed fee, which was reported to be approximately £63 million. At the time, this was the fourth-most expensive transfer in the world, the third-most expensive in Real Madrid's history, and the most expensive Colombian to date after surpassing Radamel Falcao's €60 million transfer in 2013. The amount spent on his transfer fee led many to referring James as a Galáctico credited by the fact that he was given the number 10 shirt carrying the legacy of Real Madrid legends such as Luís Figo, Ferenc Puskás and the player he admired the most while growing up and supporting the club, Zinedine Zidane.
This pair were heavily worn by James whilst playing for the Galáctico's and the overall condition reflects that. Due to the inch perfect pitches that the world's elite teams play on, the studs on the players' boots don't tend to wear down anywhere near as much as if you were playing on a regular boggy pitch on a Sunday morning. The most noticeable wear on the sole of Rodriguez' pair is the discolouration of the studs and the loss of the gloss effect of the Sprint Frame.
James can be seen above wearing this pair celebrating his goal with Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Espanyol at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, on January 10th 2015.
Did you know, James was greeted by an attendance of 45,000 fans during his presentation at Real Madrid. The Colombian ambassador in Madrid made a speech at the event and carried a message from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that James was changing the history of Colombian football and that the entire nation is behind him. Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez would follow with a speech of his own, stating that he welcomed James, a "lover" and "long supporter" of the club who will never forget the day he made his dream a reality.
Adidas have made this pair of F50 Adizero's to James' exact specifications in their Athlete Services factory at their headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Noticeably the size label has been stitched as opposed to glued in like the retail pairs which were, at the time, made in China.
The heel of each pair has been personalised for Rodriguez with the Colombian flag. James has been one of the nations greatest ever players and continues to do so. Did you know, on 29 September 2011, James received his first call-up to the Colombia senior side for a match against Bolivia on 11 October 2011. He was selected as the man of match due to his incredible performance including the assist of the goal scored in the last minute by his former Porto teammate Radamel Falcao which gave Colombia a 2–1 win.
More personalising touches have been added by Adidas, with "James 10" to the outer heel part of the left boot, with "Salome 10" on the right. 10 being his squad number for club and country, with Salome being the name of his daughter. From this angle we can see the overall shape of this pair is vastly different to that of the retail versions, which are of course generic sizes. The shape of this pair suggest that James' feet are extremely wide.
Above: James wearing this pair at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu along side Gareth Bale during a UEFA Champions League tie. Rodriguez has made a total of 22 appearances in the UCL for Real Madrid, scoring 2 goals and making 5 assists.
The material which runs underneath where the innersoles would be of James' pair is completely different to the retail verisons. Usually, this part is made of a thin synthetic material to of course aid to the Adizero's well known low weight. However, on this pair, that lining has instead been changed to a thick sponge like material for added heel comfort.
The toe box areas of James' pair have been raised slightly, as well as the heel of the right boot being made taller also. James was one of Adidas' highest profile wearers of the prestigious F50 Adizero silo, which was one of their most successful to date. On the 1st of June 2015, Rodriguez was named 3rd biggest player to wear silo, behind only Luis Suarez and of course Lionel Messi. Other superstars such as Gareth Bale, David Villa and Arjen Robben were in the top 10.
Once considered to be among the best young players in the world, James is a versatile footballer who can play in several positions across the midfield or front-line, having played as a play maker, winger, and central midfielder for both club and country, although he has stated in interviews that his preferred role is as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers. Throughout his career he has been praised for his pace, technical skills, vision, and his ability to create chances for teammates as an advanced playmaker. A true number 10.
Some small grass remains are still present inside the boots, stuck to the custom sponge like material, from the last time James wore them. An amazing piece of memorabilia worn by a player who is regarded as one of the best number 10's/attacking midfielders in world football. A true Galactico and leader for his national team.

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