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James Rodríguez
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James Rodríguez training with Bayern Munich in 2018
Personal information
Full name James David Rodríguez Rubio
Date of birth 12 July 1991 (1991-07-12) (age 29)
Place of birth Cúcuta, Colombia
Height 1.80 m
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Winger
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 19
Youth career
2001–2005 Academia Tolimense de Fútbol
2005–2006 Envigado
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Envigado 30 (9)
2008–2010 Banfield 42 (5)
2010–2013 Porto 63 (25)
2013–2014 Monaco 34 (9)
2014–2020 Real Madrid 85 (29)
2017–2019 Bayern Munich (loan) 43 (14)
2020– Everton 3 (1)
National team
2007 Colombia U17 11 (3)
2011 Colombia U20 5 (3)
2011– Colombia 76 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:48, 26 September 2020 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2019

James David Rodríguez Rubio (born 12 July 1991), commonly known simply as James, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Everton and the Colombia national team. He has been praised for his technique, vision and playmaking skills, and often referred as the successor to his compatriot Carlos Valderrama.

Starting his career at Envigado and then moving to Argentina side Banfield, James became well known in Europe during his time at Porto, winning several trophies and individual awards during his three years at the club. In 2014, James moved from AS Monaco to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £63 million, which beat the one set by Radamel Falcao and made him the most expensive Colombian football player and one of the most expensive players at the time. In his debut season, he was named in the La Liga Team of the Season and won La Liga Best Midfielder. In 2017, he signed for German club Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.

James started his international career with the Colombia under-20 team, with which he won the 2011 Toulon Tournament. He then captained the U-20 team during the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Due to his performance in the tournament, he was regularly called into the senior squad by the age of 20. He played in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning the Golden Boot as the top goalscorer in the former tournament and being included in the Cup's All Star Team. He also represented his nation at the 2015 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario in 2016, and the 2019 Copa América, winning a third-place medal in 2016.

Style of play

Once considered to be among the best young players in the world, James is a versatile footballer who can play in several positions across the midfield or front-line, having played as a playmaker, winger, and central midfielder for both club and country, although he has stated in interviews that his preferred role is as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers. Praised for his pace, technical skills, vision, and his ability to create chances for teammates as an advanced playmaker, James' performances as a classic number 10 have led to comparisons with the famous Colombian footballer Carlos Valderrama; Valderrama himself declared James as his "successor".

Although naturally left-footed, James has shown ambidexterity in his dribbling and style of play.

His goal scoring abilities were a highlight of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he managed to claim the Golden Boot despite Colombia's elimination in the quarter finals following a 2–1 loss to Brazil. He is also an accurate free kick taker, and a goal threat from anywhere on the pitch. This has made James recognized for his unpredictability as noted by Marca writer Justin Sherman: "One of the differences that James has with other players is that, apart from being very good outside the area, he is also good inside. He has the qualities of a No. 9 and is capable of finishing with a shot from the head or with either foot with great effectiveness."

Career statistics

Club

As of match played on 26 September 2020
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Envigado 2007 Categoría Primera A 8 0 8 0
2008 22 9 22 9
Total 30 9 30 9
Banfield 2008–09 Primera División 11 1 11 1
2009–10 30 4 8 5 38 9
Total 41 5 8 5 49 10
Porto 2010–11 Primeira Liga 15 2 5 3 2 0 9 1 31 6
2011–12 26 13 1 0 3 0 8 1 38 14
2012–13 24 10 2 0 3 1 8 1 1 0 38 12
Total 65 25 8 3 8 1 25 3 1 0 107 32
Monaco 2013–14 Ligue 1 34 9 3 1 1 0 38 10
Real Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 29 13 4 2 9 1 4 1 46 17
2015–16 26 7 1 0 5 1 32 8
2016–17 22 8 3 3 6 0 2 0 33 11
2019–20 8 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 14 1
Total 85 29 10 5 22 2 7 1 125 37
Bayern Munich (loan) 2017–18 Bundesliga 23 7 4 0 12 1 0 0 39 8
2018–19 20 7 3 0 5 0 0 0 28 7
Total 43 14 7 0 17 1 0 0 67 15
Everton 2020–21 Premier League 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 302 92 29 9 9 1 71 11 8 1 419 114

International

As of 28 June 2019
Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 7 2
2013 10 1
2014 12 9
2015 8 1
2016 12 4
2017 8 4
2018 8 1
2019 8 0
Total 76 22

International goals

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
As of 11 October 2018
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 3 June 2012 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru
1–0
1–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 September 2012 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Chile
1–1
3–1
3. 6 September 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Ecuador
1–0
1–0
4. 5 March 2014 Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona, Spain  Tunisia
1–0
1–1
Friendly
5. 6 June 2014 Estadio Nuevo Gasómetro, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Jordan
1–0
3–0
6. 14 June 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Greece
3–0
3–0
2014 FIFA World Cup
7. 19 June 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil  Côte d'Ivoire
1–0
2–1
8. 24 June 2014 Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil  Japan
4–1
4–1
9. 28 June 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Uruguay
1–0
2–0
10. 28 June 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Uruguay
2–0
2–0
11. 4 July 2014 Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil  Brazil
1–2
1–2
12. 14 October 2014 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Canada
1–0
1–0
Friendly
13. 12 November 2015 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile  Chile
1–1
1–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 24 March 2016 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia
1–0
3–2
15. 3 June 2016 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States  United States
2–0
2–0
Copa América Centenario
16. 7 June 2016 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  Paraguay
2–0
2–1
17. 1 September 2016 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Venezuela
1–0
2–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 23 March 2017 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Bolivia
1–0
1–0
19. 28 March 2017 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Ecuador
1–0
2–0
20. 13 June 2017 Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain  Cameroon
1–0
4–0
Friendly
21. 10 October 2017 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru
1–0
1–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 11 October 2018 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  United States
1–0
4–2
Friendly

Honours

Envigado

  • Categoría Primera B: 2007

Banfield

Porto

Real Madrid

Bayern Munich

Colombia

Individual

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup top assist provider: 2011
  • Toulon Tournament Best Player: 2011
  • LPFP Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2011–12
  • SJPF Player of the Month: August 2012, September 2012
  • Record Team of the Year: 2012
  • O Jogo Team of the Year: 2012, 2013
  • Portuguese Golden Ball: 2012
  • Ligue 1 top assist provider: 2013–14
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2013–14
  • AS Monaco Player of the Year: 2013–14
  • Globe Revelation Player: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Goal of the Tournament: 2014
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2014
  • IFFHS World's Best Playmaker Bronze award: 2014
  • FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2014, 2015
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15
  • La Liga Best Midfielder: 2014–15
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2015
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
  • Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2017–18
  • Facebook FA La Liga Best Goal: 2016
  • Copa del Rey top assist provider: 2016–17
  • New species of coral named after him, Paragorgia jamesi
  • Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2019

Personal life

In 2015, Forbes estimated that James' annual income was $29 million.

James has been married to volleyball player Daniela Ospina, sister of David Ospina who is also a player on the Colombia national football team, since 2011 and has a daughter named Salome, born on 29 May 2013. On 27 July 2017, it was announced that the couple was in the process of divorcing.

James is a devout Christian.

He acquired Spanish citizenship in 2019.

Sponsorship

During his early days playing in South America, James was approached by Adidas head scout Claus Peter Meyer. He featured occasionally in various adverts for Adidas as well as the Colombian beverage "Pony Malta", Nestlé drink "Milo", and the shampoo "Clear". After the 2014 World Cup, where he won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goal scorer with six goals, Adidas took advantage of James' increased exposure and issued him his own custom gold boots to celebrate his achievement and increase the brand's on-pitch association with their new star asset.

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