And with Asensio's touch, Real Madrid created history. Real Madrid is the most decorated club in world football, 32 La Ligas, and 11 Champions League titles prior to this season. But even by Real's high standards, this season has been historic. Real not only won the La Liga for the 33rd time but also defended their Champions League crown against Juventus thanks to their 4-1 thumping of the 'old lady'. No team has ever won back to back Champions League prior to Real doing it this season.
While there were all the cheerful faces and celebrations going on, there was one not so joyous, uncertain, insecure face of a football player who was once destined to be the face of the football club. James Rodriguez has fallen far from the promise that was once showed to him by the galacticos. And while his departure is imminent amidst heavy Manchester United links, the news is breaking out that Liverpool has tabled a bid for him too!
Liverpool managed to qualify for Champions League for only the second time in 8 years and this time around, they aren't making a mistake of not strengthening the squad following a stellar season. Virgil Van Dijk, Isco, Asensio, Douglas Costa are just a few names with whom they have been linked. Now news is breaking out James Rodriquez will be added to that list.
Forget the poor season in Real's all-white kit, attackers don't get any better than James Rodriguez. He has a phenomenal goal-scoring record, a deadly set piece specialist, add to the fact that he's still considerably young and available for cheap as Real are willing to offload him, he's worth every single penny.
Rodriguez has found it hard to break into the first team as he cannot displace his welish counterpart, Gareth Bale. Bale has been spectacular for Real Madrid and it will take some ability to displace him which Zidane thinks Rodriguez lacks and that's why he's headed for the exit door.
United are in the strongest position to sign Rodriguez as they've secured Champions League qualification thanks to their exploits in the Europa League and the added Mourinho factor is working it's charm on Rodriguez. Cesc Fabregas was in a similar position in Barcelona when Mourinho lured him at Stamford Bridge and since then he's been a quality player for Chelsea FC. Similar things could be expected of Rodriguez
According to Spanish newspaper Don Balon, Liverpool are ready to offer £52m to Real Madrid for the services of Rodriguez. Although it seems he prefers a move to Manchester United, a move to Liverpool won't be off the cards
There's an incredible list of not one or two but FIVE clubs that are after the Columbian's signatures. Manchester United, Liverpool, PSG, AC Milan and Bayern Munich make that list and although all of them have a concrete interest, only Liverpool and Manchester United are willing to match the asking price of £52m whereas others offered a meager £35m.