The advent of the Champions League has meant it can be difficult to argue that the World Cup is still the place for a player to announce himself as a genuine star.
It’s made even trickier when the young lad in question has already been transferred for £38.5million.
However, five goals in four appearances in Brazil (including two dazzling finishes against Japan and Uruguay) have seen Colombian playmaker, James Rodriguez (22) become a household name across the world.
Poor old Manchester United are getting a hard time for apparently opting to sign Bebe instead of the baby-faced magician at the age of 18. But come on, how were they supposed to know?
Well if the video below, showing an 18-year-old Rodriguez, is anything to go by, they really bloody should have.
Oh, and this is him when he was 13.