|He’s scored five goals so far in Brazil, is getting rave reviews for his performances – yet two weeks ago only his mother could pick James Rodriguez out of a line-up.Ok, while that’s not exactly true, the attacking-midfielder’s goals and assists has guided Colombia to the quarter finals of a World Cup against Brazil next Friday – for the first time in their history.
Rodriguez – nick-named the new kid after former Colombian great Carlos Valderrama – made the £38.5m move to French side Monaco last year having won three successive league titles with Porto by the age of 21.
But it’s on the world stage at Brazil 2014 that’s he’s really begun to shine – and the global superpowers have taken note, particularly after this stunning opening strike in Saturday night’s 2-0 win over Uruguay.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are joint 3/1 favourites to be his next permanent club should they decide to break the bank.
But for now, all he’s thinking about is showing Fred & Jo how it’s done as Colombia try to reach the World Cup semi finals.