The Golden Boot recipient at Brazil 2014 has picked up another accolade, this time for his sublime effort in his country’s last-16 win over the Celeste
James Rodriguez’s first strike in Colombia’s 2-0 World Cup win over Uruguay has been voted goal of the tournament, ahead of Robin van Persie’s headed equaliser for Netherlands in their 5-1 win over Spain.
The Monaco star – who is expected to complete his €88 million move to Real Madrid this week – controlled a looped header from Juan Cuadrado with his chest before turning and volleying home via the underside of the crossbar from 20 yards out to give Jose Pekerman’s men the lead after 28 minutes of play.
James doubled his tally with a tap-in from close range after the break to help Colombia to a quarter-final meeting with Brazil, which they would eventually lose 2-1.
The 23-year-old was one of the undisputed stars of the tournament and netted six goals in five games to scoop up the Golden Boot award ahead of Germany forward Thomas Muller.
James becomes the third successive South American winner of the goal of the World Cup award, which is organised by Fifa’s official website, with Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez having triumphed in 2006 and Diego Forlan collecting the trophy four years later.