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James Rodríguez is a Colombian professional footballer who is often ranked among the best young players in the world

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BirthdayJuly 12, 1991
NationalityColombian
FamousColombian Men, Colombian Sportspersons, Sportspersons, Football Players
SpousesDaniela Ospina
Known asJames David Rodríguez Rubio
Childrens Salome Rodriguez
Birth PlaceCúcuta, Colombia
Height180cm
GenderMale
FatherWilson James Rodriguez Bedolla
MotherMaria Del Pilar Rubio
Net Worth$40 Million as of 2016
Sun SignCancer
Born inCúcuta, Colombia
Famous asFootball Player

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Who is James Rodríguez?

James Rodríguez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombia national team and is often ranked among the best young players in the world. He plays as an attacking midfielder or winger and is known for his technique and playmaking skills—he plays on both wings and also in the centre. Born as the son of Wilson James Rodríguez who himself was a football player, young James developed an early passion for the sport. From the very beginning, his father coached him and encouraged him to pursue a career as a professional sportsman which he himself had not been able to do. Having started his training in football early, he blossomed into a talented player by the time he was in his early teens and turned professional at the age of 15 with the Colombian second division club Envigado. After a successful stint in his home country, he was signed by Argentine team Banfield, where he made his team debut in 2009. He dazzled his team mates, coaches and rivals with his scintillating performances and evolved to become one of the best young contemporary players in the world. He gave a brilliant performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and claimed the Golden Boot despite Colombia's elimination in the quarter finals

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Childhood & Early Life

James David Rodríguez Rubio was born on 12 July 1991 in Cúcuta, Colombia, to Wilson James Rodríguez Bedoya and Maria Del Pilar Rubio. His father was also a football player who had been a part of the 1985 U-20 side and had also played for the Colombian national team. However, injuries and a battle with alcoholism had cut short Wilson’s sporting career.

James inherited his father’s passion for football and became interested in the sport at an early age. As a kid he used to play Pony Fútbol with Academia Tolimense and became a very skilled player by the time he was in his early teens.

Career

He turned professional by joining Colombian second division club Envigado in 2006 when he was in his mid-teens. The following year he achieved a promotion to Colombian first division.

He was signed by the Argentine team Banfield in 2008 and made his team debut on February 2009. His first goal was with a long range strike in a 3–1 victory over Rosario Central on 27 February.

Just 17, he amazed his coaches and team mates with his skillful performances and became a regular first team player featuring in every game of the Apertura 2009. He also became the youngest foreigner to score a goal in Argentina. He performed wonderfully throughout the year and soon garnered a huge fan following.

He became a much sought after player and was signed by Porto, a Portuguese sports club, for €5.1 million in July 2010. He scored his first goal in European football in a 3–1 home victory for Porto against Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia in December 2010.

He reached new heights of success in the 2011-12 season and scored 14 goals for Porto and delivered 11 assists. In 2011, he also became the first Colombian player to win the LPFP Award for Breakthrough Player of the year.

He became a regular starter in 2012-13 season. In the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage, he played a major role in the 1-0 victory against the French club Paris Saint-Germain. He also assisted with a goal against Estoril in a 2–1 victory. He continued his brilliant performance throughout the season and finished the season with 13 goals and 15 assists in 32 appearances.

James Rodriguez joined French side AS Monaco for a transfer fee of €45 million in 2013—it was one of the most expensive transfers in world football. He made his debut for Monaco in a 2-0 victory against Bordeaux. During the season, he also assisted on two goals in a match against Saint-Étienne which Monaco won 2-1. He scored his first goal for the club with a free-kick in a 2–0 win over Rennes.

In June 2014, James was named in Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He performed brilliantly in the group stage, especially in the team’s opening match against Greece where he set up the first two goals and scored a last-minute goal. He also featured prominently in the team’s victory over Ivory Coast in their second match of the tournament.

He continued his smashing performance in the final group stage match against Japan and assisted two goals and scored one, leading his team to a 4-1 victory. He was ranked the best performing player at the tournament by FIFA at the end of the group stage.

His consistent performances in the World Cup matches helped to take Colombia to their first ever World Cup quarter-finals. However, Colombia lost the quarter-finals against Brazil by 2-1 despite a superb performance by James. He ended his first World Cup campaign with six goals and two assists in five matches.

After the World Cup, he signed with the Spanish club Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, which was reported to be approximately €80 million. He made his debut in the UEFA Super Cup at Cardiff City Stadium against Sevilla, in which Real Madrid won 2–0. He scored his first goal for Real Madrid against Atlético Madrid in August 2014.

Awards & Achievements

He was named the LPFP Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2011–12.

In 2012, he won the Portuguese Golden Ball, a prize given out by Portuguese newspaper ‘A Bola’ to the best player in the Portuguese Liga.

He was named the AS Monaco Player of the Year (2013–14).

In 2014, he was named to the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team and the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. The same year, he also received the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Award.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Daniela Ospina in 2011 and has a daughter named Salome. He is a devout Christian.

Net Worth

He has a net worth of $30 million.

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James Rodríguez biography timelines

  • // 12th Jul 1991 To 12th Jul 1991
    James David Rodríguez Rubio was born on 12 July 1991 in Cúcuta, Colombia, to Wilson James Rodríguez Bedoya and Maria Del Pilar Rubio. His father was also a football player who had been a part of the 1985 U-20 side and had also played for the Colombian national team. However, injuries and a battle with alcoholism had cut short Wilson’s sporting career.
  • // 2006
    He turned professional by joining Colombian second division club Envigado in 2006 when he was in his mid-teens. The following year he achieved a promotion to Colombian first division.
  • // 2008 To Feb 2009
    He was signed by the Argentine team Banfield in 2008 and made his team debut on February 2009. His first goal was with a long range strike in a 3–1 victory over Rosario Central on 27 February.
  • // 2009
    Just 17, he amazed his coaches and team mates with his skillful performances and became a regular first team player featuring in every game of the Apertura 2009. He also became the youngest foreigner to score a goal in Argentina. He performed wonderfully throughout the year and soon garnered a huge fan following.
  • // Dec 2010
    He became a much sought after player and was signed by Porto, a Portuguese sports club, for €5.1 million in July 2010. He scored his first goal in European football in a 3–1 home victory for Porto against Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia in December 2010.
  • // 2011
    He reached new heights of success in the 2011-12 season and scored 14 goals for Porto and delivered 11 assists. In 2011, he also became the first Colombian player to win the LPFP Award for Breakthrough Player of the year.
  • // 2011
    He was named the LPFP Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2011–12.
  • // 2011
    He married Daniela Ospina in 2011 and has a daughter named Salome. He is a devout Christian.
  • // 2012
    He became a regular starter in 2012-13 season. In the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage, he played a major role in the 1-0 victory against the French club Paris Saint-Germain. He also assisted with a goal against Estoril in a 2–1 victory. He continued his brilliant performance throughout the season and finished the season with 13 goals and 15 assists in 32 appearances.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he won the Portuguese Golden Ball, a prize given out by Portuguese newspaper ‘A Bola’ to the best player in the Portuguese Liga.
  • // 2013
    James Rodriguez joined French side AS Monaco for a transfer fee of €45 million in 2013—it was one of the most expensive transfers in world football. He made his debut for Monaco in a 2-0 victory against Bordeaux. During the season, he also assisted on two goals in a match against Saint-Étienne which Monaco won 2-1. He scored his first goal for the club with a free-kick in a 2–0 win over Rennes.
  • // 2013
    He was named the AS Monaco Player of the Year (2013–14).
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he was named to the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team and the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. The same year, he also received the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Award.
  • // Jun 2014
    In June 2014, James was named in Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He performed brilliantly in the group stage, especially in the team’s opening match against Greece where he set up the first two goals and scored a last-minute goal. He also featured prominently in the team’s victory over Ivory Coast in their second match of the tournament.
  • // Aug 2014
    After the World Cup, he signed with the Spanish club Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, which was reported to be approximately €80 million. He made his debut in the UEFA Super Cup at Cardiff City Stadium against Sevilla, in which Real Madrid won 2–0. He scored his first goal for Real Madrid against Atlético Madrid in August 2014.

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James Rodríguez's FAQ

  • What is James Rodríguez birthday?

    James Rodríguez was born at 1991-07-12

  • Where is James Rodríguez's birth place?

    James Rodríguez was born in Cúcuta, Colombia

  • What is James Rodríguez nationalities?

    James Rodríguez's nationalities is Colombian

  • Who is James Rodríguez spouses?

    James Rodríguez's spouses is Daniela Ospina

  • Who is James Rodríguez childrens?

    James Rodríguez's childrens is Salome Rodriguez

  • How tall is James Rodríguez?

    James Rodríguez's height is 180

  • Who is James Rodríguez's father?

    James Rodríguez's father is Wilson James Rodriguez Bedolla

  • Who is James Rodríguez's mother?

    James Rodríguez's mother is Maria Del Pilar Rubio

  • What is James Rodríguez's sun sign?

    James Rodríguez is Cancer

  • How famous is James Rodríguez?

    James Rodríguez is famouse as Football Player