When it comes to selecting a starting line-up, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has one of the hardest jobs on the planet. The Frenchman has a catalogue of quality players at this disposal, which often means someone is left disappointed when the team sheet is announced. And ahead of this evening’s Champions League final, the biggest talking point is Zidane’s decision to opt for Isco ahead of Gareth Bale in the Cardiff showpiece, but at least the Welshman made the bench. Colombian star James Rodriguez has failed to even make the squad for the final, with the attacking-midfielder’s future at the club riddled with speculation in recent weeks.
Manchester United have been longtime admirers of the 2014 World Cup hero, with the Red Devils rumoured to be mounting an ambitious bid for the 25-year-old this summer.
Rodriguez has struggled for game time at the Bernabeu this season, but not even making the squad for the final surely speaks volumes regarding his future at the club?
Meanwhile, Portuguese defender Pepe is another big name who’s absent from Zidane’s team sheet, although the veteran defender has barely featured for the team in recent weeks and looks increasingly likely to leave the club this summer.