Who says winning a World Cup is the only thing that matters? Tell that to one James Rodriguez, who went from somewhat known player for French side Monaco to star of the 2014 World Cup in a flash.
He scored six goals in five matches for Colombia, earning himself the Golden Boot award for the most goals scored. If reports are to be believed, he also earned himself a dream transfer because of that performance too.
Reports indicate that Rodirguez is set to move from Monaco to reigning Championship League winners Real Madrid. Those reports indicate his move could net Monaco €80 million and Rodriguez a cool five-year deal worth €8 million himself.
According to Stat Attack, Rodriguez had just nine shots on goal, converting six of those for goals and a 66.7 percent conversion rate—the top at the World Cup. He also had 11 total chances, adding two assists to his six goals.
His move from Monaco would see him play out just one season at the club, where he made 34 appearances and scored nine goals. Previous to that, Rodriguez was at Portuguese side FC Porto, scoring 25 goals in 63 appearances.
At just 23, Rodriguez has a lot of soccer ahead of him and it remains to be seen if his World Cup performance will equal success at a place like Real Madrid.