James Rodríguez or James David Rodríguez Rubio is a Columbian footballer for Real Madrid, Spanish club and an attacking midfielder and captain for the Columbian national team. He is ranked as one of the best young footballers in the world. He is highly acclaimed for his playmaking skills and vision, and his unique technique. He became popular in Europe at Porto and won several awards and trophies during his 3 years at the club. James moved to Real Madrid from AS Monaco for €80 million as a transfer fee and listed among the top 10 richest sportsman in the world. After the transfer, he became the most expensive Columbian footballer and among the most expensive footballers in history.
He won Toulon Tournament 2011 when he debuted in his international career with under-20 Columbian team. Then he became the captain of U20 team during FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2011. His splendid performance in the tournament led him to be called into senior squad when he was 20. He won the Golden Boot when he played in FIFA World Cup 2014 as the top goal scorer. He was also the part of All-Star team of FIFA World Cup.
Full Name: James David Rodríguez Rubio
Date of Birth: 12 July 1991
Marital status: Married
Occupation: professional footballer
Net Worth: $40 Million
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Source of Income: Football, Endorsements
Hobbies: Training, Working Out, Music, Spending Time with Friends and Family
When James was young, he was playing for Under-17 Columbia team which finishes in South American U17 Championships 2007 as runners-up where he secured 3 goals. During FIFA Under-17 World Cup, he also secured Columbia in knockout stages. However, they lost to Nigeria, winners of the tournament. He was also playing for U-20 Columbia squad in 3 youth tournament during the South American U-20 Championship, Toulon Tournament and U-20 World Cup held in Columbia. He scored two goals with three assists during Toulon Tournament 2011. In this show, he was voted MVP of the tournament and Columbia defeated France.
He had 3 assists during the South American Under-20 Championship 2011. During U-20 World Cup 2011, he became the captain of U20 team because of his impressive talent and leadership. Being the richest sportsman in the world, he gained international attention with three assists and three goals in the tournament. He became the promising star and the future key member of senior squad.
James Rodríguez was born on 12 July 1991 in Cucuta, Columbia and spent his childhood days in Ibague, to Maria Del Pilar Rubio and Wilson James Rodríguez Bedoya. He has been married to the sister of David Ospina, Daniela Ospina in 2011. The couple gave birth to a daughter, Salome on May 29, 2013. He is a devout Christian.
On his early career in South America, Adidas approached James and he had been featured in several ads occasionally. He also signed the deal with Nestle drink ‘Milo’, Pony Malta (Columbian drink), and “Clear” shampoo brand. Adidas also issued his own custom boots to pay tribute to his achievements.