James Rodriguez shows off skills aged 12

Published 2 Comments

James Rodriguez has established himself as one of the most coveted players in the game following his inspired displays at the World Cup, with the Colombian forward supposedly attracting interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Related Articles

Real Madrid remain focused on James Rodriguez
- James Rodriguez turns down Real Madrid
- James Rodriguez will cost €75m

World Cup star

Rodriguez scored six goals in five games for Colombia as the reached the last eight of the competition, and his total remains the benchmark in this World Cup ahead of the final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday.

Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi, on five and four goals respectively, could surpass Rodriguez in the showpiece game this weekend, although Colombians and neutrals alike will he hoping the 22-year-old retains his position of supremacy.

A supreme young talent

Rodriguez has been earmarked for significant success since a young age, moving to Europe with Porto while still a teenager before his notable €40 million transfer to Monaco last year.

Before Rodriguez even reached his teens he was someone of a star in his native Colombia, appearing in televised matches playing and captaining for Academia Tolimense, his first team based in Ibague.

Even back then Rodriguez was supremely gifted at set-pieces, which he was able to show in this instance with a goal direct from a corner.

Watch: James Rodriguez in action aged 12

Manchester United mistake

Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Rodriguez when he was 18 but Sir Alex Ferguson forwent the opportunity to bring the player to Old Trafford, and eventually signed Bebe that summer.

Four years on and it could now take €75 million if Manchester United decide to move for the player.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester United
Real Madrid
World Cup

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again