LeBron James picks James Rodriguez as 2014 World Cup favorite

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LeBron James has a lot on his mind right now, with the majority of the basketball world awaiting his upcoming free agency decision.

But the Miami Heat star seems to have been able to take his mind off it over recent days, thanks in part to the FIFA World Cup.

World Cup wonder

In the midst of one of the round of 16 games James took to Twitter to reveal just how impressed he was with the soccer action, as well as picking his favorite player on view in Brazil.

"Man watching this Colombian game I think I have my fav player in the World Cup! Obviously his name help that out #Biased #10 #James #WC2014," wrote LeBron.

Congratulations James Rodriguez.

As well as putting in a match-winning performance for Colombia, which included this strike for the goal of the tournament so far, the young Monaco star has now been singled out for praise by his namesake.

And it looks like LeBron wasn't the only one to be impressed. The Tweet from the four-time NBA MVP has been re-tweeted over 35,000 times.

From one James to another

James Rodriguez has scored five goals already in Brazil and with Colombia having secured a spot in the quarter finals there is a chance his star can continue to rise before the 2014 World Cup comes to an end.

Currently playing for Monaco, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder has drawn interest from a host of clubs with his impressive displays. A position not too dissimilar to LeBron James himself at present.

The face of the Miami Heat for the past four seasons, LeBron James recently opted out of his contract in order to enter free agency in the NBA offseason. 

The likes of his former franchise the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockers are expected to make a run at LeBron but recent reports suggest that the 28-year-old will likely return to the Heat on a reduced deal.

- LeBron to cash in on World Cup
- Rodriguez could join Spurs or United

LeBron and soccer

Kobe Bryant of course is a keen soccer fan, but he isn't the only NBA player to have an interest in the game. LeBron James himself has a monetary interest in the sport thanks to an investment in Liverpool of the English Premier League in 2013.

Owning a minority stake thanks to a partnership with Anfield owner John Henry, James has even travelled to the city to watch games in the past.

More recently, the free agent has been keeping a keen eye on the progress of the United States Men's National Team in Brazil, using social media again to join in the celebrations as Jurgen Klinsmann's men navigated a difficult Group G.


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