James Rodriguez: Best Player in World Cup 2014 Group Stage
Columbia’s star, James Rodriguez – who currently plays for AS Monaco, was ranked as the best player in World Cup 2014 Group stage after the latest update of FIFA Castrol Index. After becoming Columbia’s top scorer (with 3 goals), James proved again his impact in the performance of his team by ending up the World Cup group stage on top of FIFA Castrol Index.
The 22-years Columbian was outstanding scoring 3 goals and having 2 assists, being considered even before the tournament one of the best youngsters. Alongside Messi, James Rodriguez scored in every group match for Columbia. Colombians had put all their hopes in Rodriguez after the injuries of Radamel Falcao and Carlos Bacca, and James overjoyed everybody with his play, showing that he is a world class player.
The FIFA Castrol Index takes into consideration player’s overall ability, which includes passes (both short and long), shots on goal, goals, defending and mistakes (depending on the zone where they were committed and how grave it were).
Rodriguez was born in July 1991 in Cucuta. He is the superstar of the Columbian team for this World Cup, being considered one the rising youngsters on the world stage. James is one the most gifted playmakers in the world, being able to play both as attacking midfielder or winger.
James Rodriguez contributed to all Los Cafeteros’s victories in the group stage, scoring both against Greece and Cote D’Ivoire. He did not appear in the first 11 against Japan, in order to be rested for Round of 16. After the break, Rodriguez entered and changed the entire face of the game, providing two magnificent passes for each of Jackson Martinez’s goals. James scored the fourth goal against Japan. completing a perfect match both for him and for Columbia.
FIFA Castrol Index demonstrates Rodriguez’s perfect play, shooting both from short and medium range and being the the third player in the World Cup with most completed crosses. James has an amazing efficiency and accuracy, shooting 11 times and only 1 attempt was off the target.
James Rodriguez is the best player of the World Cup after the Group stages, according to FIFA Castrol Index, with an average mark of 9.79. The Columbian playmaker topped important players like Ivan Perisic (second place), Karim Benzema or Arjen Robben. James is also a candidate for top scorer of the tournament!