Colombian soccer star James Rodriguez scored a goal in their World Cup qualifier against Bolivia over the weekend. The way the press covered Colombia’s performance obviously didn’t sit well with the young star as evidenced by the fact that Rodriguez gave the press the middle finger from a second floor window.
— TOI Sports (@toisports) March 28, 2017
The gesture — which is called “the pistol” in Colombia — drew criticism from some in a country where the baby-faced captain is an idol.
“James lost his head, and his composure,” sports editor Gabriel Meluk of Colombian daily El Tiempo wrote in a column.
Supporters said Rodriguez was likely under a lot of pressure ahead of the match, with Colombia occupying the last automatic qualifying place for next year’s World Cup in Russia, but only a point ahead of Ecuador and Chile.