|James Rodríguez Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10¾ in|
|Date of Birth||July 12, 1991|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
James Rodríguez is a Colombian professional footballer who is best known for his career as an attacking midfielder or winger for the Colombia national team and Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan. He is known for his vision, technique, and playmaking skills and has been a part of teams like Envigado, Porto, Monaco, Banfield, Real Madrid, and Everton in the past. During the course of his career, he has won tournaments such as Categoría Primera B, Primeira Liga, Primera División Argentina, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and has received honors like Toulon Tournament‘s “Best Player”, FIFA U-20 World Cup‘s “Top assist provider”, AS Monaco‘s “Player of the Year”, FIFA World Cup‘s “Goal of the Tournament”, La Liga‘s “Best Midfielder”, and many more.
James David Rodríguez Rubio
James, James Bond of Banfield, Galactico
At a young age, James decided to quit school in order to fully focus in his pursue of a football career. Eventually, after he became a professional, the Colombian international enrolled him in the Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia.
- Father – Wilson James Rodriguez Bedoya
- Mother – Maria Del Pilar Rubio
Rodriguez is signed with Gestifute.
Attacking Midfielder / Winger
5 ft 10¾ in or 180 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
James Rodriguez has dated –
- Daniela Ospina (2011-2017) – In 2011, James Rodriguez married volleyball player Daniela Ospina, the sister of the Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina. Together James and Daniela welcomed the only child, daughter Salome (b. May 29, 2013). Their relationship was soon on the rocks and in July 2017, they were preparing to divorce each other.
- Helga Lovekaty (2017-Present) – In 2017, Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo introduced the Instagram model, Helga Lovekaty and James during a party. They are seen exchanging likes on each other’s Instagram posts. They have not confirmed the relationship yet.
NOTE – On October 28, 2019, James welcomed his 2nd child, a son named Samuel via a surrogate.
Race / Ethnicity
- Shiny smile
James has signed a sponsorship contract with Adidas.
Also, Rodriguez has been seen in numerous TV adverts for Real Madrid, Pony Malta, Nestle, Milo, Pepsi, Toyota, and Clear.
Best Known For
His versatility and the ability to play as a playmaker, winger, and central midfielder. James is also known for his football technique, vision, and ability to create great scoring situations for his teammates. It is worth mentioning that he has been compared to his countryman, former player Carlos Valderrama.
First Football Match
James played his first official match for the Argentinian club Banfield on February 7, 2009.
On July 18, 2010, Rodriguez performed for Porto in a friendly match against Ajax.
He debuted for the French club AS Monaco in a 2-0 victory against Bordeaux.
Rodriguez had his debut for Real Madrid in a UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla.
On October 11, 2011, James had his first national team appearance in a match against Bolivia.
- Free Kicks
- Long Shots
- Aerial plays
Many experts have been thrilled by the work discipline James has developed since a young age. Being able to work twice a day despite being only 13 is a gift that James’s parents have been able to pass to their son, and which they don’t need to regret despite James’s decision on abandoning his studies, so he chases his football dream.
Over the years, James has developed into a world-class footballer, very athletic with a high potential to become the next world superstar. We can see the hours of sweat in his versatile game, his scoring skills, and tremendous ball handling technique.
His athletic potential is a product of a lot of strength and agility and speed training. Rodriguez does a specific weight lifting routine mostly targeting his complete body through a combination of exercises such as deadlifts, squats, and Olympic lifts which target multiple muscle groups at the same time. Being able to be a part of a world-class team often is very beneficial, but not because of the salary of the footballer, but because of the professionalism of the trainers, their educational background and the level of expertise they possess which eventually results in great workouts and huge athletic/skill improvement.
In the continuation of this post, we will like to share a video of how Rodriguez exercises.
James Rodriguez Favorite Things
- NBA Player – LeBron James
Source – Goal.com
James Rodriguez Facts
- As a child, he lived in Ibague, Tolima, Republic of Colombia.
- He began his football career in 2006 at the Colombian club Envigado.
- In 2008, Rodriguez shifted to the Argentinian club Banfield.
- In December 2009, Banfield rejected a 5 million euro transfer offer by the Italian team Udinese.
- On July 6, 2010, James decided to continue his career at the Portuguese team Porto after he agreed to sign a four-year deal worth 5.1 million euros with a release clause of 30 million euros.
- On June 13, 2011, Rodriguez signed a new five-year contract with a release clause of 45 million euros.
- During the 2011-2012 season, he was awarded the LPFP Award for Breakthrough Player of 2011-2012 Primeira Liga. The same season, James had won SJPF Player of the Month twice and the Portuguese Golden Ball award.
- On May 25, 2013, he became a part of the French team AS Monaco after both sides agreed on a €45 million deal.
- He signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid on July 22, 2014. The total transfer fee has been rumored around 80 million euros.
- Rodriguez has performed for the national team of Colombia U-17 in the 2007 South American U-17 Championship and 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
- He played for the U-20 national team of Colombia at the 2011 U-20 World Cup, 2011 South American U-20 Championship, and 2011 Toulon Tournament.
- In 2019, James acquired his Spanish citizenship.