James Rodriguez has described his curling free-kick in Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday as up there with the best goals he’s ever scored.
It’s quite the claim from the Colombia star, who hit his share of wonder-goals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Germany may have won that competition, but James lifted the Golden Boot with six strikes, many of them unforgettable.
Watch: James free-kick against Leverkusen (from 01:32)
James has settled in quickly at Bayern, with three goals and five assists to his name in all competitions since his summer switch from Real Madrid. Thriving in his preferred No.10 role, Bayern are reaping the rewards, winning nine of the 10 Bundesliga games James has started.
“It’s noticeable every day that he feels incredibly good here,” a delighted Jupp Heynkes told kicker. “He was always a good goalscorer. He has a clean strike, and plays the balls beautifully from free-kicks and corners. I’m happy with him and I hope he gets even better.”
Watch: James: “Up there with the best!”
James boasts steel alongside his obvious silk, too, covering a team-high average of seven miles per game. The 26-year-old will next get the chance to stretch his legs when Bayern take on Werder Bremen in Sunday’s early afternoon kick-off (15:30 CET/14:30 GMT).