5 Things That Will Make You Love James Rodriguez Even More

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July 1, 2014 4:22 PM EST

Step aside Cristiano Ronaldo, a new prodigy is taking FIFA 2014 by storm. Premier soccer clubs and thousands of fans around the globe have been eyeing on Colombian James Rodriguez after his stellar performances. Here are five more things that will make you adore the midfield striker more.

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Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

1. He stole Neymar's thunder

A lot of FIFA fans expected to see either Neymar or Ronaldo dominate. However, Rodriguez is on the path to victory. Just like Neymar, he is 22 years old and wears a No. 10 jersey. So far, he has scored five goals in four games and has been aggressive throughout the tournament. Neymar has four goals tied for second place while Ronaldo is nowhere to be found.

2. James is pronounced "hahm-ess"

True to his Colombian roots, he has a sexy name that perfectly matches his dark wavy locks, tan skin and high cheekbones. The ladies have a new player to swoon over.

3. He might get the Golden Boot

After scoring both goals for Colombia against Uruguay in Round of 16, Rodriguez is on the path to earning the Golden Boot. Many have been tagging him as the Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo, although he likes to make plays first before finishing. Rodriguez contributed much to Colombia's excellent showing by consistently delivering the goals.

4. He is worth a lot of cash

When AS Monaco acquired James, he was said to have been paid at least $91M, in a deal that included Joao Moutinho, according to The Mirror. A number of premier clubs are already talking about the possibility of acquiring the rising star, but Monaco was firm that they will not be releasing James unless it meant entering into another record-breaking amount.

5. He is maturing faster than Ronaldo

At 22 years old, Ronaldo was quite immature and tended to lose his cool a lot on the field. Even in the 2014 World Cup, the superstar frequently looked annoyed, especially when his hair gets messed up. James prefers to perform and get results instead of complaining. He showed a lot of leadership and responsibility in the tournament which usually takes years for average players to develop.

James and Colombia are set to face the host Brazil next. 

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Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
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