Carlos Valderrama – Best Retro Player
James Rodriguez enjoyed going through a superb campaign during the 2014 World Cup as the Colombian player finished the international tournament by being the top goal-scorer and his impressive string of performances was enough for Real Madrid to be impressed and offload €80 million in order to secure his services.
When the transfer was officially completed and announced to the public, not everyone in the world of football agreed with the amount of cash that was spent in order to sign the young Colombian forward who became one of the most expensive players in the history of the sport.
Carlos Valderrama is a former football player and he represents an important part in the history books of Colombia as he is the most capped player in the history of Colombia after making 111 international appearances.
Valderrama is one of the football figures who believe that James Rodriguez does cost as much as Real Madrid paid in order to sign him.
“Great players cost a lot, and he’s a great player. He’s an eight or ten-year investment and the club that buys him won’t regret it, whoever buys him will get their money back. He’s got a long time in him. He’s a great buy and will solve a lot of problems’’
“James showed his quality in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The mere fact that he has adapted to an important group of quality players who are already established, has merit on its own. And for one so young like he is, even more so. It’s an important period for him to learn. The transfer fee is a normal figure. Madrid paid what James is worth. Now it’s his chance. He’s 23 and hopes to last at Madrid for a long time.” Carlos Valderrama said as he voiced his support towards James Rodriguez and even believes the young player to be the future of Colombia.