When José Callejón headed home unmarked for his second goal during Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Ajax, Dutch keeper Kenneth Vermeer must have been thinking: "!@#$...not him again!"
It was almost a year to the day that Callejón had scored a brace past Vermeer in a 3-0 win.
Whether it's getting the job done as a starter vs. Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb, Alcoyano or coming off the bench to poach goals against Mallorca, Atlético Madrid, Espanyol, APOEL, Athletic Bilbao or others—Callejón's demeanour hasn't changed in his two seasons for José Mourinho.
Callejón's zest to press opposing players, make darting runs, position himself in good goal scoring positions and run till he drops in every game he plays for the club makes him stand out.
It shows his passion for Real Madrid, the same club that forced him to take a detour to Espanyol, because Los Blancos have recently forgotten how to integrate their talented Castilla players into the first team (i.e. Juan Mata, Roberto Soldado, Borja Valero, Ádám Szalai and many more).
Callejón ditched the chance of being a star at the Catalan club to return to his boyhood club, Real Madrid, where it was made clear that he would be a role player.
What makes him such a refreshing player is that he doesn't have a grandiose view of himself like Nicklas Bendtner or El Hadji Diouf.
At the same time, Callejón is more than a competent player coming off the bench, because he'd be the main man for most La Liga teams.
Callejón has netted 20 goals in 59 games for Real, which is a significantly better strike rate than Fernando Torres' 25 in 95 games for Chelsea.
Instead of dwelling on his situation being better, Callejón embraces the fact that he's a pivotal member of Mourinho's rotation system because it only works with selfless players.
Here's a classic Mourinho quote in response to then-Chelsea player Arjen Robben voicing his frustrations on being rotated (from the AFP via TheStar.com.my): "Of course, I am not going to change my mind. When he [Robben] says he doesn't want to sit on the bench, on Wednesday he will be on the bench."
From a team point of view, Callejón is the perfect and prototypical Mourinho squad player.
In terms of individualism, Callejón is loyal to a fault, since he'd be more successful if he wasn't so tied to Real Madrid.