Well, this is all a bit awkward.
James Rodriguez seemed to enjoy himself after he set up Joshua Kimmich for Bayern Munich’s goal against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
It seems absolutely crazy that the Colombian, who is in the final year of a two-year loan to the Allianz Arena, was allowed to feature against his parent club, especially in such a high profile clash.
Despite the blatant conflict of interests, UEFA haven’t bothered to changed the rule which allows players on loan to feature against their parent club in the Champions League.
It turns out that James is not the only one to have featured against the club where they still have a locker.
We look back at those players who came back to bite the hand which once fed them…
1 Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich vs Juventus 2016
Coman departed Juventus in 2015 and signed a two-year loan deal (Bayern really love these) at the German club.
The Turin giants clearly didn’t see the Frenchman as too much of a threat should the sides ever come up against each other in Europe.
How wrong they would be…
Coman, who was 19-years-old at the time, started from the bench as Bayern faced Juventus in the Champions League round of sixteen.
The winger entered the fray and inspired his new side to a comeback against his parent club, bagging the last goal of the night and leaving his former Manager Max Allegri with a red face.
2 Patrick Roberts – Celtic vs Man City 2016
When Roberts lined up against his parent club in the Champions League group stages, nobody predicted what would come next.
The winger came back to stun the Etihad crowd (all 10 of them) after he opened the scoring just 4 minutes in Celtic’s spirited draw against the Citizens.
He didn’t hold back in his celebrations either…
Does this decision make Pep a fraud?!
3 Fernando Morientes – Monaco vs Real Madrid 2003
I bet Madrid are so gutted about this one.
Having farmed Morientes off on loan to Monaco, Los Blancos must have thought they had seen the back of the Spaniard.
It turns out that the classy forward still had plenty left in the tank.
He came back to haunt Madrid by scoring when the sides were drawn together in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Spaniard’s goal helped Monaco knock out the Galaticos on away goals.
Morientes finished up as the top scorer in the competition that season with nine goals.
4 Talisca – Besiktas vs Benfica 2016
Talisca was ditched by Benfica in 2016 and joined in the fun by “coming to Besiktas.”
The Brazilian midfield joined the Turkish side on a-season-long loan deal with the option for a further year.
Talisca would soon make his return to Portugal, featuring against his parent club in the Champions League group stages.
He made things very awkward after burying a bloody good free kick, with the late goal ensuring his side a point and leaving Benfica fans ruing the club’s business.
Pick that one out.
5 Thibaut Courtois – Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea 2014
Granted he didn’t score, Courtois certainly caused a storm when he faced his parent club in the Champions League.
Chelsea’s Belgium stopper was on loan to Diego Simeone’s Atleti side.
The Blues were reportedly after a fee of around £5million to allow Courtois to play against them over the two legs.
UEFA however ruled that the Belgium was able to play and that Chelsea weren’t within their rights to command a fee from the Madrid club.
Courtois played a crucial role as Atleti beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the final.
Here are some of the classic moments…
James could yet cause more drama in Bayern’s second leg against Madrid.
You have to question UEFA when such a rule exists, yet Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is unable to play for Arsenal in the Europa League, despite not even featuring in the competition for Borussia Dortmund.
It’s a mad rule, but admit it, we love all the drama.
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