Many footballers remain legends long after their career in the field ends. One such name is that of Carlos Valderrama.
Being a legendary player from Columbia, he is set to inspire his fans in the country of India as per recent news. When the draw happened at Copa America, he was present. Now he is set to meet his fans in India in the latter half of July 2016. He is considered a national icon in Columbia. He would be the guest of honor for a Mohun Bagan day, which is usually celebrated on 29th July.
He would be arriving in Kolkata on 25th July. He is presently getting his visa cleared for the visit which should not be a problem. He is currently in the US where he was a commentator for the Copa America games. He would help to raise donations and support funds for Mohun Bagan supporters like Bapi Maji or Alip Chakraborty, being a supporter of East Bengal who suffered from cancer and passed away. Read more
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. Read more
Carlos Valderrama is of the view that Radamel Falcao will be Colombia’s trump card in Copa America.
Colombia had impressed everyone with their game in World Cup 12 months back and that’s why, there are expectations that they might go the distance in Copa America.
Colombia is not the favourite for the title by any means in the presence of teams like Brazil, Argentina, but, they are surely seen as the dark horse and if some of their key players click, they might be a tricky team to beat.
Apart from Falcao, James Rodriguez is another player who can test any defensive line up in the world.
Talking about Colombia’s form of late, they have been on the losing side just a couple of times out of the 20 games that they have played.
Their defence has been quite tight in every game and there has been enough potency in the offence as well. Read more
Carlos Valderrama spent 22 years playing football with a number of different clubs around the world including: Deportivo Cali, Montpellier, Tampa Bay Mutiny and Colorado Rapids just to name a few of them. However, he was especially recognized and famous for all of the contributions he made for Colombia as he wore his country’s jersey in over 100 occasions.
It’s been over 10 years since the Valderrama announced his retirement but he still remains being an important figure in the world of football as the former player has now turned into a coach which is a trend that has been growing recently as more players decide to turn into managers after hanging up their boots.
Valderrama has praised Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez who is currently recovering from an injury he sustained earlier in February.
James Rodriguez was signed by Real Madrid after the Colombian player made a huge impact in the 2014 World Cup as he finished as the top goal-scorer after scoring 5 goals. For a transfer fee of €80 million, Real Madrid snatched him up but the young attacker has received criticism as he has not truly managed to live up to his astronomically high price tag however, Valderrama has been surprised by what the young player has accomplished since arriving to the Santiago Bernabeu. Read more
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