The Colombian midfielder decided to reach the Arab league. Who are the most recognized soccer players in this eccentric competition that James Rodríguez is going to face in Qatar?.
These are the most transcendent players in Al-Rayyan. Photos: IG-santicazorla, IG-nigeldejong, IG-javi8martinez
LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla
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Leer en español: Jugadores famosos con los que se encontrará James Rodríguez en Qatar
James Rodríguez made a very important decision. At the age of 30, he decided to leave Everton of the Premier League to join Al Rayyan, in the Qatari league. This happened because the English club did not have much space after the arrival of the new coach, Rafael Benítez, so he decided to enter a league tempted by money.
¡¡OFICIAL!! James Rodríguez es nuevo jugador del Al-Rayyan. Luego de su fugaz etapa con Everton de Inglaterra, el máximo goleador colombiano en Mundiales aterriza en Qatar. Será dirigido por Laurent Blanc. Con 30 años, se marcha de Europa para competir en un campeonato exótico. pic.twitter.com/b8XOLP8RcS— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) September 22, 2021
There it will be directed by the French Laurent Blanc, where they will hope to be protagonists in a league that has always seduced several stars. Contrary to popular belief, there are well-known players who will wait for them to compete. Next, we will tell you who the most famous are.
One of the most transcendent players who knew how to dominate the Spanish league and the Premier League. The truth is that this ambidextrous midfielder, an idol at Villarreal FC, decided to head to Qatar from the 2020-2021 season. He landed at Al-Sadd SC at a great moment in his career, despite his elevated age.
Santi Cazorla sigue disfrutando bajo las órdenes de Xavi. Lleva 9 goles y 9 asistencias (líder del campeonato) en 13 partidos disputados en la presente Liga de Qatar. Si todavía tenía nivel para marcar diferencia en España, estaba cantado que la rompería allá. MAGO. pic.twitter.com/Fjg5HzJLb3— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) January 7, 2021
With 36 years old, this talented soccer player knew how to wear the shirt of renowned teams, such as Arsenal. However, after his return to La Liga, he returned to his best moments and led Villarreal for a few years. Now he will seek to maintain that performance in a competition where he is one of the great figures.
Brahimi represents Algeria, where it became one of the most iconic players in its history. The truth is that in his career he had different ups and downs, although we saw him with a high level at FC Porto, where he was part of this squad between 2014 and 2019, when he finally decided to arrive in Qatar.
Currently, he is part of Al-Rayyan S. C, so he will be a partner in the midfield of James Rodríguez. Both players could complement each other perfectly, as they have great technique and ball control. In addition, Brahimi is 31 years old, so we cannot say that he is in his “retirement” moment either.
Nigel de Jong
This was one of the most iconic players in the Netherlands in recent years. We all remember that image of Xabi Alonso's chest kick in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa by de Jong. Well, at 36, this defensive midfielder decided to join Al-Shahaniya SC of the Qatar Stars League.
This player knew how to wear the jersey of great teams, such as AC Milan, Manchester City or Hamburg. Since 2018, the Dutchman reached the Qatar league, although he was first in Al-Ahli. Since the 2019 season, he joined his current team, where he became one of the most prominent of the league.
One of the most regular defenders in the Premier League in recent years decided to come to Qatar during the last season. The Belgian arrived at a great moment, because, despite being 32 years old, he has an approximate market value of 10 million euros, according to Transfermarkt.
OFICIAL: Toby Alderweireld es nuevo jugador del Al-Duhail de Qatar, el defensa de 32 años llega procedente del Tottenham por €15m, tras 6 años con los Spurs. Nueva etapa. pic.twitter.com/Bwri4D11Zt— Mundialistas (@Mundialistas) July 27, 2021
His current team is Al-Duhail S. C, although we met him during his time at Tottenham, where he teamed up with his compatriot Vertonghen. As we have mentioned, he is in a great moment of his career, so he will be one of the figures to follow and who will provide defensive solvency to his institution.
A very important case for James Rodríguez, since both shared a dressing room for two seasons at Bayern Munich. This season, the 33-year-old Spaniard, who can play in the midfield or the defensive zone, decided to leave the Bundesliga to fall into this league.
The team in which he competes is the Qatar Sports Club. The truth is that he is one of the ideols in this competition, as he is a player who knew how to perform well during his stay in the German league. He is likely to be one of the talents to follow throughout the season.
Ultimately, James Rodríguez will be in a league full of stars. We hope you liked it!