James Rodriguez's volley named as best World Cup goal

He simply can do no wrong, can he?

As speculation mounts about his impending move to Real Madrid, James Rodriguez's volley against Uruguay was voted the best goal in a poll.

The 23-year-old collected a ball on the edge of the penalty area with his back to the Uruguay goal.

He chested the ball, turned and fired the volley into the goal via the underside of the crossbar.


The goal established the global reputation of the young playmaker, who cost Monaco 45 million euros (S$75 million) one year ago when he was signed from FC Porto of Portugal.

Marca newspaper said Real will pay 75 million euros straight away and up to five million more in add-ons.

If confirmed, the fee would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive player in history behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo (both of Real) and Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona this month.

Robin van Persie’s diving header for Netherlands against Spain in Group B came second.

Source: AFP, YouTube

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