James Rodriguez – coming soon to a Theatre of Dreams near you?

James Rodriguez is not exactly new on the scene – the Colombian prodigy actually made his first-team debut for Enivgado in 2006, at the age of 14. Since then, he has starred for Banfield before securing a high-profile transfer to FC Porto, where his burgeoning reputation grows with every passing week.

Left footed, operating mainly on the left of midfield and adept at arriving at the back post to convert his fair share of chances, comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo was inevitable. Rodriguez is not as powerfully built as the Real Madrid forward, but he does not turn 21 until next month and is yet to reach his physical peak. He may lack the same power and pace, he also remains very one-footed but he compensates for this with excellent crossing and set-piece delivery.

Despite a slow start to his career in Portugal, he made started 14 times in Porto’s unbeaten treble-winning campaign under Andre Villas-Boas, but finished the season strongly, scoring a hat-trick in the 6-2 Portuguese Cup Final victory against Vitoria de Guimaraes. Last season, under the stewardship of V

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