Carlos Valderrama says that James Rodriguez can be compared with Messi

Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama says that one of Real Madrid’s biggest signings, James Rodriguez, can be compared along with Lionel Messi and Neymar as amongst the best players in the world.

After a spectacular World Cup 2014, Rodriguez sealed a mega transfer to Real Madrid. He has become one of the most expensive players after having cost a reported £ 73 million. Unlike some of the big-money signings made by Madrid, Rodriguez has certainly proven to be a success despite not winning any major end of season honour in his first season at the club.

After having helped Colombia almost spring a surprise in the World Cup 2014, Rodriguez will be looking to do the same in the upcoming Copa America. Colombia head into the tournament as one of the underdogs. Argentina and Brazil are seen as the favourites, but the presence of Rodriguez is leadingValderrama to believe that Colombia will have a surprise or two in their bags. Still just 22 years of age, Rodriguez is expected to be the future of Colombian football. Strikers like Radamel Falcao have been on the wane in recent years and Rodriguez can take their position in the first-team according toValderrama.

“I am not surprised he has done so well this season at Real Madrid. Now he has proved the form he showed at the World Cup was not temporary.He is just 22-years-old but had an extraordinary debut season in la Liga. The star of the Copa America will be between James, Messi and Neymar. James is at that level,” said the Colombian legend. However, it will take a lot more from Columbia in order to end their trophy drought with regard to the Copa America. Colombia last lifted this title in 2001 when the tournament was played without Argentina.

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