Rio Ferdinand reveals World Cup's best player: He's the man!

Former Manchester United and Leeds United mainstay cites Colombia star and Real Madrid target James Rodriguez as the best in Brazil.

AS Monaco and Colombia attacker James Rodriguez may be inconsolable after being eliminated by a beatable Brazil, but due to his exemplary performances in each and every World Cup outing in 2014, his star has never shone brighter.

Pre-tournament, the spotlight was on established international superstars such as Neymar for the host nation, Lionel Messi for Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, however, all have been forced to the sidelines as Rodriguez hogs the headlines.

For former England international Rio Ferdinand, Rodriguez "is the man!"

He said via his official Twitter account: "James [is my] player of the World Cup so far. He is a great passer and dribbler… he does the lot [and is] smoothness personified on a pitch."

  NationTouch /AppTotal Pass /AppPass AccChances CreatedAssistDribble /AppShot AccGoalAppMin
James Colombia 64.40 39.40 76.7% 11 2 4.80 50.0% 6 5 400

Rodriguez averages making 65 touches on the football on a per game average, 40 of which are passes with a 76% accuracy rating. James, though, is a highly creative midfielder and has provided a key pass (goal-scoring opportunity) 11 times, or once every 36 minutes he is on the field.

The Colombian attempts a dribble past a player 4.8 times per game, has supplied the assisting pass for two goals and scored six goals himself - all from a mere five appearances.

He may have been a big-money purchase for AS Monaco last summer, however, the cash-rich Riviera club may be powerless to prevent Real Madrid from aggressively testing their resolve. The La Liga heavyweights are reportedly testing the Ligue 1 club with a £40 million bid.

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