James Rodrigues is a professional football player who plays for Colombia national football team. His current club is AS Monaco for which he is playing from 2013. His full name of James David Rodriguez Rubio whose playing position is attacking midfielder & winger. The player is one of the most talented player of Colombia who showed his best performance in 2014 Brazil World Cup. The complete biography of this player with his club & international career is available right over here.
Club Career of James Rodriguez
Rodriguez was born in Cucuta, a state of Colombia on 12th of July 1991. He spent his childhood in the city of Ibague. His father name is James Rodriguez Badolla & his mother name is Maria Del Pilar Rubio. He was very passionate about football & in his childhood, James started to play football.
Envigado football club: It was the first ever club of this Colombian player which he joined in 2006. There he played total of 30 matches & scored 9 goals. After 1 year he moved to a new club.
Atletico Banfield: The Argentine club Atletico Banfield took interest in him & signed him. James played his first match for this club on 7th of Feb 2009. After 20 days, he scored first goal for Atletico Banfield on 27th February against Rosario Central with a stunning long dazzler strike. That was a comfortable win for his new club by 3–1.
FC Porto: This was his third club which he joined with a contract of 5.1 million Euros. There he signed a 4 year contract with Portugal club. For this club, he played first match against Ajax Amsterdam on 18th of July 2010. In FC Porto, James scored 25 goals after making 63 appearances. He also won Europa League competition with this club.
AS Monaco: This is the current club of the Colombian player. He was signed for 5 year contract by this club on 24th of May 2013 with a transfer fee of 45 million Euros. With this contract, he was second most expensive transfer in Portuguese football. Against Boredeaux, he played first match in this club which was clean sheet for his side by 2–0. He waited a lot for his first goal that he scored against with free kick against Rennes went on to win by 2–0.
International Career & World Cup
He played for Colombia national football team for U17, U20 in 2007 & 2011 respectively scoring 3 goals each in both formats. Looking at his perfect performances in junior formats, Colombia football association decided to play him in senior team.
It was 29th of September 2011 when he received first call for senior team. Against Bolivia, he made first international appearance which was World Cup 2014 qualification game. Later against Mexico, he made 2 important goals which resulted clean sheet victory for Colombia by 2–0.
Against Peru, he scored his first international goal which lifted his team from 6th to 5th position in group standings of World Cup qualification round. The midfielder did a fantastic job against one of the strongest team Uruguay. Again he made 2 assists that resulted a 4–0 win for his nation. Against Chile, he scored his first free kick goal.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup, Colombia missed their star striker Radamel Falcao due to injury. But Rodriguez did Falcao’s job & scored 6 goals in 5 games, highest than any other in competition. He played a vital role for his national to qualify for the quarter finals first time in history.
Against Host nation, they faced 1–2 loss in quarter final round in which he scored 1 goal by penalty. During that game, a bug was spotted on his shoulder which was one of the most popular incident of the Brazil World Cup.
Awards & Honors of James Rodriguez
|Envigado||Primera B Colombia in 2007|
|Banfield||Primera Division Argentina in 2009|
|Porto||Primera Liga 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012–13|
|Taca de Portugal||2010-11|
|Supertaca Candido de Oliveira||2010, 2011, 2012|
|UEFA Europa League||2010–2011|
|Colombia||Toulon Tournament in 2011|
|Taca de Portugal||Final Man of the match in 2011|
|LPFP Primera Liga||Breakthrough player of the year in 2011–2012|
|SJPF player of the month||August 2012, September 2012|
|Record team of the year||2012, 2013|
|O Jogo team of the year||2012, 2013|
|Portuguese Golden Ball||2012|
|Ligue 1 Assists Leader||2013–14|
|UNFP Ligue 1 XI||2013–14|
|AS Monaco||Player of the year 2013–14|
|FIFA World Cup 2014||3 times man of the match|