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Barça legend Stoichkov on James: "He's an average player"

Speaking to Blu Radio Colombia, Hristo Stoichkov said James Rodríguez "needs to change his style of play, his way of training, and more than anything play every game at a high level.”

Barça legend Stoichkov on James:
"He's an average player"
Mike Dinovo USA Today Sports

Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov had criticised James Rodríguez on the Colombian radio station Blu Radio after the Real Madrid player failed to lead his Colombia side to Copa America glory, falling to Chile in the semifinals.

“He’s an average player,” said the ex-Bulgaria striker. “He has a wonderful left foot, but I see in some games when they man mark him, he suffers. It bothers him a lot. He needs to change his style of play, his way of training, and more than anything play every game at a high level.”

“If not, he’ll just be another player at Real Madrid,” he warned, not before mentioning that James isn’t even the same league as all-time Colombia hero, Carlos Valderrama.