|Full Name||James David Rodríguez Rubio|
|Birthday||July 12, 1991|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
As a dedicated fan who has been following James Rodríguez for over a decade, I‘m excited to provide an in-depth introduction to one of soccer‘s most talented players. Known for his flair, vision, and thunderous left foot, the Colombian midfielder has been lighting up stadiums across Europe with his outstanding technique and goalscoring ability.
Born in Cúcuta, Colombia on July 12, 1991, James David Rodríguez Rubio was always destined for soccer greatness. He grew up inspired by Colombian legends like Carlos Valderrama and started playing organized soccer at just 5 years old.
James joined the youth academy of Colombian club Envigado at age 13. He made his professional debut for them at only 15, the second youngest player ever to play in Colombia‘s top flight league.
Rise in Argentina
Recognizing his prodigious talent, Argentinian club Banfield signed James on loan in 2008 when he was just 17 years old. He scored his first goal for them to become the youngest foreign goalscorer in Argentina‘s league history.
Over 3 seasons with Banfield, James developed into an instrumental playmaker. He led the club to their first ever league title in 2009, ending years of frustration for Banfield fans.
Breakout at Porto
After lighting up Argentina, James earned a €5.1 million transfer to European giants FC Porto in 2010. It was here that the Colombian magician truly blossomed into a world class player.
At just 19, James immediately became a starter for Porto as the focal point of their attack. He dazzled fans with his slick dribbling, defense-splitting passes, and long range golazos.
In the 2010-2011 season, James was magnificent, scoring 6 goals as Porto did the treble, winning the league, cup and Europa League. He was named the Portuguese league‘s best newcomer.
Over 3 sensational seasons at Porto, James scored 32 goals and won 7 trophies. His creativity and vision made him one of the most exciting players in Europe.
World Cup Heroics
James announced himself to the world with his legendary performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He scored 6 goals in 5 matches, including one of the goals of the tournament against Uruguay.
James won the Golden Boot as the top scorer and led Colombia to their best ever World Cup finish. His pace, trickery and precision passing unlocked defenses with ease.
He also provided the assist for the tournament‘s best goal – Colombia teammate Juan Quintero‘s sensational long range strike against Ivory Coast.
James‘ phenomenal World Cup form earned him a €75 million transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid, making him an overnight global superstar.
La Liga Glory with Real Madrid
Thrust into the spotlight at just 23, James had an impressive debut season with Real Madrid in 2014-2015. He scored 17 goals with 18 assists in all competitions as Real won the Champions League title.
His outstanding technique, defense-splitting through balls, and long range left footed rockets made him an instant fan favorite at the Bernabéu. He was named to the La Liga Team of the Season.
Over 3 seasons with Los Blancos, James won 7 trophies, including 2 Champions League titles. Injuries later reduced his playing time but he still dazzled when fit, scoring some iconic curling goals.
Rejuvenation at Bayern
Looking to regain form after injuries, James joined German powerhouse Bayern Munich on a 2-year loan in 2017. He immediately found his groove again, scoring 7 goals in his first 11 Bundesliga matches.
James proved a revelation in the #10 role for Bayern, creating chances and unlocking defenses at will with his passing. He was named Bundesliga Player of the Month in August 2017.
In 2 seasons with Bayern, James won 2 league titles and a German Cup. His time in Germany revitalized his career.
Premier League Adventure
Ahead of the 2020-21 season, James took on a new challenge, joining Everton in the Premier League on a free transfer. He reunited with former manager Carlo Ancelotti for this exciting new chapter.
Showing he could succeed in England too, James scored 6 goals in his first 8 Premier League matches, the best goalscoring start by any Everton player in years. He won the Premier League Player of the Month award in October 2020.
When fit, James has been Everton‘s main creative source, though injuries have hampered him. In 65 appearances so far for the Toffees, he has scored 22 goals, proving his enduring quality.
Style of Play
As an attacking midfielder, James is capable of unlocking the tightest defenses with his incisive passing, close control dribbling, and powerful long shots.
Blessed with phenomenal technique and vision, James delivers inch-perfect through balls for teammates to score. He can effortlessly slalom past defenders using tricks and clever changes of pace and direction.
James possesses a thunderous left foot that he uses to score some truly spectacular curling goals from distance. Any free kick near the box is likely going in the top corner!
Despite not being the tallest at 5‘10", James is a threat in the air too thanks to his tremendous leap and aerial ability.
When fit and focused, James is simply one of the most creative, skilfull midfielders in the game. His flair and joy for football make him a fan favorite wherever he goes.
The main blemish on James‘ career has been his struggles with injuries, which have hampered his momentum at times.
He has battled calf, thigh, knee and hamstring injuries that have limited his playing time for both club and country. After bursting onto the scene, injuries have slowed James down somewhat in recent years.
When healthy though, James has consistently proven himself as a world class player. He will be hoping to overcome his injury woes to reach even greater heights.
Even at 31, and with his best days perhaps behind him, James remains capable of magic every time he steps on the pitch. His natural ability and talent on the ball is undeniable.
For Colombia, James will be determined to lead his country deep into the 2022 World Cup after disappointing qualifying. Expect some more iconic moments from him on football‘s biggest stage.
If James can maintain his fitness and confidence, more trophies and accolades should follow in the next chapter of his illustrious career.
Wherever the journey takes him next, fans will be hoping James Rodríguez keeps dazzling with his incredible skills and contagious love for the beautiful game.