The legendary South American star praised James' work in former club Porto, and marked him out as one of football's biggest prospects
The 20-year-old midfielder came to prominence as a teenager in Argentine club Banfield, and after a 2010 move to Portugal has slowly been imposing himself as a regular member of the first team. He also made his debut for the Cafeteros under Leonel Alvarez, and has appeared four times for the senior Colombia team.
Speaking on Monday ahead of a ceremony in Oporto to mark his brilliant spell with the Dragao in the 1970s, where he scored 65 goals in 108 appearances, Cubillas affirmed that he saw Rodriguez as one of the most promising players in the world of football.
"I have just seen Rodriguez play in Miami against Mexico. It has confirmed the view I had of him since the Under-20 World Cup: He has a brilliant future," the 63-year-old stated, in declarations reported by Caracol.
Cubillas was a key member of the Peru team which won the 1975 Copa America; one of only two continental titles lifted in Inca history. His 26 goals in 81 international games make the former midfielder the all-time Peruvian top scorer.