James Rodriguez risks Everton wrath as he wants Liverpool to beat Real Madrid

James Rodriguez has risked the wrath of Everton after saying that he wants Liverpool to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Liverpool travel to Paris on May 28 to face the Spanish giants in the final of Europe's premier club competition and the former Everton midfielder is predicting the Reds will lift the trophy for the seventh time in their history. The Colombian has based his choice on his friendship with international team-mate Luis Diaz, who joined the Anfield club in January.

Rodriguez was asked by Colombian journalist Pipe Sierra who he wanted to win the final at the Stade de France.

"I want Liverpool to be champion," replied the 30-year-old. "I have many friends in Real Madrid and it is a difficult team for this type of match, but I want Lucho (Diaz) to win."

Diaz reportedly spoke to Rodriguez ahead of his move to Liverpool and sought advice with regards to the move, prior to rejecting Spurs to join the Reds. The pair have played together 13 times for their country.

Rodriguez has played for both Real Madrid and Everton during his career, meaning he will risk the wrath of both fan bases with his prediction for the final.

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He spent six years with Los Blancos after signing from Monaco in 2014, going on to score 37 goals and provide 42 assists in his 125 appearances, as well as winning the Champions League on two occasions.

The former Porto playmaker moved to the Toffees in September 2020 and made a promising start to life at Goodison Park before his form faded on Merseyside.

Rodriguez left the club after just a year in England and moved to Qatar to join Al-Rayyan. Overall, he scored six goals and provided nine assists in just 26 appearances for Everton.

The midfielder could soon return to Europe, though, after admitting last week that he was keen on a move back to the continent and he is understood to be willing to slash his current wages to do so.

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