FIFA World Cup 2018: James Rodriguez eyes another dazzling display
FIFA World Cup appearances: 5
World Cup goals: 6
The FIFA World Cup 2014 was quite special for Columbia playmaker James Rodriguez. Rodriguez won the Golden Boot (six goals), the FIFA Puskas Award for his amazing volley against Uruguay, and even receive an endorsement from Diego Maradona for the Golden Ball award.
Columbia were eliminated in the quarterfinals, but that did not stop him from entering the upper echelon of players in the world.
Four years later, he is back on the grandest stage of football and if his form for German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich is any indication, Rodriguez will once again be a force to be reckoned with.
While he was already well known in the club circuit, his performance in 2014 made him an overnight sensation and he soon joined Real Madrid for a huge £63 million.
However, he struggled to get game time under Zinedine Zidane and was sent to Bayern Munich for a two-year loan. He clicked instantly under Carlo Ancelotti and played a huge role in his club winning both the league and Cup titles.
Looking forward to Russia,the Colombian playmaker finished the season with eight goals and 13 assists across all competitions and he will be looking to continue his great run of form in Russia.
As the biggest name in the Colombian team, he needs to bear a lot of responsibility and his six goals in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers showed the world once again why James Rodriguez is held in such esteem.
Rodriguez can easily play nearly any position in the midfield - be it the wings or forward positions. The versatility allows him to deploy his excellent passing and play-making skills in order to take advantage of areas where the opposition is weak.
He will be responsible for providing the crucial passes to the Columbia strikers and if the situation demands, he can easily assume the role of the primary attacker.