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The New King James: 20 Things You Need To Know About James Rodriguez, Colombia's World Cup Star

Past the humongous shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, there's a new star who has experienced a meteoric rise at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and his name is James Rodriguez.

In a Saturday win against Uruguay, Rodriguez scored two goals for Colombia, including a magnificent long-range strike, confirming what his previous performances had already suggested: He is by far the best player of the tournament.

With his side set for a quarterfinal matchup against Brazil, fans and pundits alike are starting to seriously entertain the idea of the Colombians producing an upset over the host nation on the way to the final on July 13.

James Rodriguez is a big reason, and because he's so young, we are all sure to see more of his stunning performances for years to come.

But with this being his first high-profile entrance onto the world stage, there are bound to be fans who have plenty to catch up on when it comes to knowing his personal stats. That being said, here are 20 things you need to know about James Rodriguez, Colombia's World Cup superstar:

He Is Only 22 Years Old


His Name Is Pronounced “Ha-mes”


He's A Dog Lover


But His True Love Is His Wife, Daniela Ospina


She Is The Sister Of Colombian National Team Goalkeeper David Ospina


His Little Girl Is Adorable


He's An Adidas-Sponsored Athlete


He Does His Part To Give Back


He Was REAL As A Kid


He's A Fan Of The Other King James


And A Fan Of Anime As Well


He First Made A Name For Himself At F.C. Porto, Where He Won Eight Titles


Now He's Living The Life In Monte Carlo


Where He Plays For Local Club A.S. Monaco


They Paid €45 million For His Contract Rights In May 2013


But Manchester United Could Have Had Him For Just £5 Million


They Instead Decided To Sign A 20-Year-Old Bebe


Who Has Yet To Score A Single Premier League Goal For United


Meanwhile, James Is In The Lead For The World Cup Golden Boot Award


After Scoring This Beauty On Saturday


He's Filled In Perfectly For Colombian Star And Monaco Teammate Falcao


And Taken His Leadership To Colombia's Dance Routines

Tumblr/A Football Observer


 He's A Devout Catholic


He Has Faith Colombia Can Win The World Cup

He's quoted as saying by the Guardian:

“We're very happy because we are making history. As a younger man, I always wanted to be here. That was a great dream of mine and we hope that we can make it far.

“It is a dream and we are making history, and we want to do even more because this is a team that wants to win a lot.”


If They Do, You Know Who'll Be The Main Man

Top Photo Credit: Twitter/@JamesDRodriguez

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Joseph Milord

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Joseph is a Senior Writer, Editor and early member of the Elite Daily team. He studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and will probably call Jersey home forever.
Joseph is a Senior Writer, Editor and early member of the Elite Daily team. He studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and will probably call Jersey home forever.

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