Goal brings you a collection of interesting facts about the Colombian playmaker, who completed a big-money move to Real Madrid on Tuesday.
|WHAT'S IN A NAME?
James David Rodriguez Rubio was born to Wilson James Rodriguez Bedolla and Maria Del Pilar Rubio and named after James Bond, though his name is actually pronounced Ham-ez, as oposed to like the fictional MI6 agent.
James played much of his early soccer in Envigado, some 12 kilometers from his hometown of Cucuta. The club also bred notable players such as Fredy Guarin, Dorlan Pabon and Juan Quintero.
As a child, he suffered from a heavy stutter and he needed to see a speech therapist to help him get over the problem. You can still detect a certain shyness when he speaks to the press.
Growing up, James had two heroes. One was Tsubasa Ozora, a fictional character from the Japanese cartoon "Captain Tsubasa," which tells the story of a boy who wanted to win the World Cup for Japan. The other was new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
|THE CLASICO DIVIDE
James has never hidden his preference for Real Madrid over Barcelona, but the 23-year-old could well have ended up playing in Catalunya, only for a move to Espanyol to fall apart in 2010.
James has often been nicknamed "El Diez" (The No. 10) but that has often been misreported as "El Bandido" (The Bandit).
The Colombian star is married to Daniela Ospina, the sister of his national team colleague David. The two have a daughter, named Salome, and James often kisses a tattoo of her name after scoring.
In 2009, James became the youngest player and scorer in the Argentine league and the youngest foreigner to win the tournament a year later. With his six goals in Brazil, he is also Colombia's all-time leading scorer in the World Cup.
Despite forging a lucrative career in soccer, James has not neglected his education, studying engineering at the Universidad Nacional Abierta from afar.
James is a big basketball fan and his favorite player is, unsurprisingly, LeBron James, who even took to Twitter to congratulate his namesake during the World Cup.