James Rodriguez: Star in the making?

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It is incredibly hard to describe the fashion in which James Rodriguez plays football.

He is an elegant, classy, silky-smooth midfielder who can shred a defence apart with a single, incisive through ball or humiliate a goalkeeper with a world-class strike - all of which he done last season and again on Saturday in Real Madrid's 5-0 mauling of Real Betis.

He helped open the scoring with a delightful cross onto the head of Gareth Bale and later in the first half swerved a stunning free kick in off the post from an incalculable angle. In the second half, he flicked the ball up before smashing home an acrobatic overhead kick that Pele would of been proud of.


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All this was nothing new from the Colombian, though, but more brilliance from an unquestionably brilliant player.

Few could argue that Rodriguez is not already a world-class player. His 13 goals and 13 assists in 29 league games last year proved he had that something special. This season, there is little to suggest that he can't build upon those already impressive numbers.

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Many saw Gareth Bale as the natural successor to Cristiano Ronaldo when his form finally dips but the Columbia international is staking a claim to that role too. If he can continue to improve his goal scoring exploits and become a more consistent finisher there is no reason why he can't be the next in line for the torch.

The 24-year-old is the type of player who scores only the fabulous or ridiculous goal. His magical touch and x-ray vision make him one of the best in world in his position, with his work rate, attitude and awareness excellent.

It is one thing to be talented but it is another to be consistently talented. Rodriguez is at the point where his brilliance is on display match after match.

For a guy that many considered only good enough to sell shirts he has gone above and beyond to prove he is the star in the making that the 2014 Brazil World Cup suggested he would be.

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