James Rodriguez’s glowing reputation following his World Cup displays have grown even further after the Colombian was awarded Goal of the Tournament in Brazil.
The 23-year-old’s stunning last-16 volley against Uruguay received the majority of the votes, from over four million FIFA.com users, with Holland captain Robin van Persie’s ingenious header against Spain coming second.
Rodriguez scored both goals in his country’s 2-0 win against their South American rivals last month, but it was exquisite opener that captivated those 70,000 spectators inside the iconic Maracana Stadium and the millions around the world watching.
The midfield playmaker chest controlled a looping header from team-mate Juan Cuadrado before swivelling and unleashing an unstoppable effort that crashed in off the underside of Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s crossbar.
The Real Madrid bound star becomes the third successive South American winner of the award.
At the last summer showpiece in 2010 Uruguay’s Diego Forlan won the award for his breath-taking effort against Germany during their third-place play-off encounter.