2324XCLUSIVE SPORT UPDATE: MEET COLOMBIA BRAZIL 2014 WORLD CUP HERO "RODRIGUEZ"

JAMES RODRIGUEZ
Age: 22
Nationality: Colombia
Club: Monaco
Position: Forward
STRENGTHS
With five goals so far in the World Cup, Rodriguez has taken the tournament by storm. The South American has only averaged 3.5 shots per game this summer (Cristiano Ronaldo averaged 7.3) which gives an indication of his lethal instincts; if he gets a chance, watch out. The pacey Rodriguez also contributes assists, with two so far in Brazil, and is capable of scoring a range of goals from the spectacular, against Uruguay, to the predatory, versus Greece.
WEAKNESSES
Rodriguez is not the strongest and so can sometimes be bounced off the ball when in possession. He has been dispossessed on average twice per game in this summer’s World Cup to date and Brazil may therefore look to give him some rough treatment. The 22-year-old is also not the best in the air and has won just one of his only three aerial duels at the 2014 finals.
RUMOUR MILL
According to newspaper reports, both Manchester United and Chelsea turned down opportunities to sign Rodriguez in the past. United are said to have passed at offers both last summer, before Rodriguez joined Monaco from Porto for £34million, and in 2010. Elsewhere, Chelsea are reported to have had the chance in the 2013 January transfer window but decided not to bother. Any of those possible deals would have been a bargain in comparison with the Gareth Bale-rivalling £80m fee which Real Madrid would supposedly be asked to pay this summer.
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