James Rodríguez, born 12 July 1991, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan and the Colombia national team. He has been praised for his technique, vision and playmaking skills, and is often considered the successor to his compatriot Carlos Valderrama.
James started his international career with the Colombia under-20 team, with which he won the 2011 Toulon Tournament. He then captained the U-20 team during the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Due to his performance in the tournament, he was regularly called into the senior squad by the age of 20. He played in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning the Golden Boot in 2014 and being included in the Cup’s All Star Team. He also represented his nation at the 2015 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario in 2016, and the 2019 Copa América, winning a third-place medal in 2016.