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'I thought James Rodriguez was fat as a ball'

By Bulinews Team

Brazilian side Palmeiras considered signing James Rodriguez in 2009 when he was 17, but was put off because of his price - and his weight.

James Rodriguez.
James Rodriguez.

When James Rodriguez played for Banfield in Argentina, he was scouted by Brazilian side Palmeiras who watched the Bayern München star play in 2009.

However, Jorginho - Palmeiras' technical secretary and assistant coach at the time - wasn't impressed by Rodriguez whom he deemed overweight and too expensive back then.

"I went to see a Banfield game in 2009. James only played 45 minutes and was replaced at halftime. He was 17 years old, and I thought he was fat as a ball. And he wasn't cheap at the time. The Argentina club asked for five million dollars, and nobody in their right mind would pay so much for such a young player," Jorginho told ESPN Brasil and added:

"Today, I'm sure that they would want to kill me at Palmeiras for not signing him."

Instead, James Rodriguez joined FC Porto for €7,4 million in 2010.

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