The start of a new season for footballers is just like the start of a new year for common folk; time to set new goals, break new ground and attain new heights.
But every year, some players come into a new season with a make or break mentality. More often than not these players are coming off a poor campaign last time out, or making up for lost time due to injury, or even trying to justify massive transfer fees.
Below are five players who with something to prove in the 2016/17 football season:
4James Rodriguez (Real Madrid):
Big money signing James Rodriguez must have been living the dream in 2014, winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup and making the team of the tournament.
The achievements were followed by a move to his dream club Real Madrid, where he had a stellar first campaign. But his second season he struggled with injuries, only to find himself on the bench with the likes of Casameiro and Lucas Vasquez getting the nod ahead of him.
Zinedine Zidane has recently said he cannot guarantee him a place in Madrid’s first team this season, meaning James will have to work twice as hard with the limited opportunities he gets to ensure he stays in the first XI.