James Rodriguez shows off skills aged 12

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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.

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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.

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