Last night the debate around players celebrating against their former club resurfaced.
Mo Salah chose not to – not once but twice – against Roma to prove yet again he’s the nicest man alive.
But what about a player playing against their actual club?
Well James Rodriguez is still technically a Real Madrid player, but started against them for Bayern Munich tonight after spending the season on loan in Germany.
UEFA regulations ruled that Rodriguez, unlike in domestic competitions, would be eligible to play against his parent club.
So would he hold back if he conspired to down the Spanish giants?
Did he f***.
Rodriguez was integral in Bayern’s opening goal, picking out a pinpoint assist for Joshua Kimmich who smashed past Keylor Navas at his near post.
Kimmich wheeled away celebrating and was instantly joined by an animated Rodriguez who wasn’t holding back either.
What does this mean for Rodriguez’s Real future?
Well it’s common knowledge that the Colombian and Zinedine Zidane weren’t seeing eye to eye which forced him to look elsewhere for playing time last summer.
Since then he’s suggested more than a number of times he plans to make his loan move permanent too.
But if it doesn’t materialise this could make for a very awkward reunion back at the Bernabeu when his spell in Bavaria does come to an end.
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