James Rodriguez burst onto the international stage at the World Cup in Brazil this year, scoring six goals in five games, taking home the Golden Boot and justifying to the world just why he has been described as one of the best young players around at this moment in time.
It therefore came as little surprise when Real Madrid announced they had secured his services for a fee of £63million earlier today, making this incredible young talent the fourth most expensive signing in footballing history.
While many players struggle to live up to the expectations after such a massive transfer, there is no doubt that James (pronounced 'HAHM-EZ') will develop into one of the world's greatest players with Los Blancos.
Having won three successive titles with Porto by the age of 21 and awarded the Portuguese Golden Ball in 2012 (the youngest player ever to receive the honour) the evidence pointed to a truly special talent and it was only a matter of time before ultra-rich Monaco swooped in with a £38.5million transfer in 2013.
However, following a superb World Cup for Colombia, despite a quarter-final exit, rumours pointed to serious interest from Europe's major players and Real Madrid have acquired a forward who will certainly be in the world's top ten players within the next few seasons.
Confidence & quality
For club and country, James exudes confidence and quality, from the wing or as a centre forward, creating goals as well as scoring them. As seen at the World Cup, he is absolutely deadly given any kind of space and works selflessly for his team, despite operating as a 'number ten' who can often become narrow minded in their style of play; while vicious in attack, James will also get involved in box-to-box plays and drops deep when required.
While £63m is an incredible amount of money, Real Madrid have invested their funds in the right player, for James will adapt easily to their style of free-flowing, attacking football and could very well become their star player in years to come.
His adaptable nature, cool head and terrific work ethic belie his age and he is only likely to improve further given time, particularly under the watchful eye and tutelage of Cristiano Ronaldo, to whom James has often been compared.
La Liga is the perfect stage for James to display his talent, allowing him to fully express his attacking nature and ruthlessness in front of goal. He will almost certainly form a deadly partnership with Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and it is hard to see any team in the world coping with a three-pronged attack of such incredible quality.
This young Colombian forward is set for greatness and Real Madrid appears the perfect club to help him realise that potential.
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