Who is James Rodriguez and what is his net worth 2018? Famous for his astonishing free kicks, James David Rodriguez Rubio is affectionately known as James Rodriguez. He is one of the best young midfielders in football. James Rodriguez is the most expensive Colombian footballer till date. Real Madrid FC never had second thoughts about spending a whopping sum of €80 million for the Colombian superstar’s signature. Since then James has been an integral part of the Real Madrid Roster. So, how the Colombian Captain goes on with his life? Here, is a sneak peek into the world of midfield maestro James Rodriguez.
James was born on 12th of July, 1991 in Cucuta, Colombia to Wilson James Rodriguez Bedoya and Maria Del Pilar Rubio. His love for football was inherited by his father who was also a part of Colombian U-20 side in 1985. Plagued by constant injuries, Wilson was forced to leave football early. But, he made sure that James started on the right note on the way to becoming World’s best football player. James’s childhood was poorly influenced by the drug warlords in his surroundings. He, along with his family has suffered the consequences of being in the perilous environment. But, that never stopped James to pursue his dream.
As a kid he was enrolled in Academia Tolimense and later, he started his professional career by joining Colombian second division club Envigado in 2006. James with his amazing skills and vision on the field was attracting a lot of attention from different clubs. James was the youngest foreigner to score a goal in Argentina club football at the age of 17.
His superb performance was soon rewarded as European Giants FC Porto signed him in 2010 in mere €5 million. The breakout tournament for James was the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where, he was named in FIFA World Cup All-Star Team and the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. Not only this but he also won the FIFA World Cup, Golden Boot. His heroic performance for Colombian National team attracted the interest of Real Madrid FC, for whom, he eventually signed in 2014.
James has been married to volleyball player Daniela Ospina, sister of David Ospina, Goalkeeper for the Colombian national football team. James and Daniela are blessed with a daughter named Salome in 2011.
Education: Apart from having a rewarding career in football, the shy Colombian winger never neglected his education. James initially had heavy stutter problem but, that never stopped him from completing his engineering from University Nacional Abierta from afar. James’ stutter problem was so bad that he used to pronounce his own name incorrectly. From reading books out loud to visiting a speech therapist, his mother and stepfather supported him at every step. James finally overcame the problem but still is doubtful and the same can be observed during his media interactions.
James Rodriguez Net Worth
James Rodriguez rise to stardom set in motion when he joined the Galacticos project with Real Madrid FC. At present, James net worth is $34 million. A major portion of his earnings comes from his salary and winnings with Real Madrid FC. The Colombian Captain has long terms endorsement deals with Adidas, Huawei, PepsiCo and Hugo Boss. In addition to that, the Colombian playmaker also owns energy drink by the name of 10 Gold. In 2016, he also signed an endorsement deal with Calvin Klein.
The Colombian Captain likes to live in style and his home in Spain and in Colombia confirms that. He owns a fantastic home in La Finca residential complex in Madrid. James also owns a property in Turin. Apart from this, he owns one more house in his home city Cucuta, Colombia.
James is a fan of Audi and owns one as well. Audi R8 is one of his favourite and he lately made a headline when he was fined for over speeding at 124mph.
James has been a wise investor and a good human being. James Rodriguez owns his own brand of energy drink by the name of 10 Gold. The energy drink was launched after he concluded his move to Real Madrid FC. The name of the energy drink is inspired by his jersey number 10. But, here is the catch, all the profits from the Energy drink goes to a foundation “We Are All Colombia”.
Currently, being sidelined and dubbed as world’s most expensive bench warmer by the football pundits, James is trying hard to forge his way back into the Real Madrid starting lineup. Having achieved all this success at very young age is certainly admirable but James still has a long way to go. His major intent would be to get back into the playing eleven. James’ dedication towards football is exemplary and we certainly hope to see James wizardry on the field soon.