James Rodriguez says the Real Madrid fans had every right to voice their opinion and boo him in recent weeks as he has not been up to par.
The Colombian has been the target for a small group of supporters unhappy with his contribution as Real stutter in La Liga. He was subject to some boos in the early stages of the win over Roma on Tuesday evening but those boos turned to cheers when he netted the team’s second goal of the night.
Speaking to reporters after the final whistle, James said: “The fans want a nice game and when not everything goes so well, they have every right to boo. I just try to play well, and they know when it is right and when it is wrong. The whistles are part of football.”
The 2014 World Cup top scorer went on to praise boss Zinedine Zidane for his patience and hailed the new boss for the impact he has had at the club since taking over two months ago.
“Zidane takes care of every player and I have always tried to give my best. I try every day to grow more and to help the team so we can do well. I scored today but I’m going to keep on working hard every day, because Real Madrid is a very demanding club,” he commented.