Manchester United twice missed out on securing the signature of 22-year-old star James Rodriguez, according to The Sun.
Rodriguez has been one of the shining lights of the 2014 World Cup so far for Colombia, but Manchester United reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign the youngster in both 2010 and 2013.
Rodriguez has announced himself on the global stage with a number of outstanding performances in Brazil, with his five goals putting him top of the chase for the Golden Boot, leading the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar.
As most of the world are watching Rodriguez for the first time, many at Old Trafford will have their heads in their hands as United's team of scouts have supposedly been watching him since he was an 18-year-old playing in Argentina.
In 2010, Rodriguez was available to sign for just £5 million, but instead Manchester United chose to sign Javier Hernandez, who has mainly been used as a substitute and may well be on his way out this summer.
To add insult to injury, a few weeks later Manchester United went on to sign Bebe for £7 million - a player who turned out to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest flops and has very little chance of enjoying a successful future at the club.
Porto snatched up Rodriguez in 2010 and the starlet went on to win three Portuguese titles. But when he again became available last summer, United reportedly felt the asking price was too high.
Rodriguez eventually completed a £39 million switch to Monaco, where he made 34 appearances and scored nine goals in his debut season in the French League.
If Rodriguez was valued at £39 million a season ago, he could easily be worth £50+ after the World Cup and he could have his eyes set on a switch to La Liga.
When questioned on a move to Spain, Rodriguez said: "It would be a dream to play there."
Adding: "It is the best league in the world, I would prefer Madrid to Barcelona."
After Rodriguez's two goals knocked Uruguay out of the tournament, La Celeste coach Oscar Tabarez paid him the highest of compliments, claiming that the youngster has been the best player at this year's World Cup and also put him on the same level as Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Rodriguez has stepped up to the plate to take the place of injured striker Radamel Falcao, who was ruled out of the tournament through injury. Pre- tournament, few could have been to blame for expecting Colombia to struggle without their talisman, but Rodriguez has made everyone forget about the missing man.
Neymar was backed to be the star 22-year-old of the World Cup, but at the moment Rodriguez is stealing the show.
The two players will go head-to-head in the next round as Brazil and Colombia battle it out for a place in the World Cup semi-final.
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