James Rodriguez has established himself as one of the greatest footballers on the planet after his remarkable World Cup campaign with Colombia, and the 22-year-old is now being linked with a huge move away from AS Monaco this summer.
A number of top clubs have all been linked with the Colombian star, including a host of Premier League sides, but another former icon from the South American nation believes a move to Spain is the best option for Rodriguez.
The young play-maker only made the move to Monaco last summer in a €45million switch from FC Porto, but after scoring six goals at the World Cup, 'El Nuevo Pibe' is being tipped to make a move to European giants Real Madrid by his national predecessor Carlos Valderrama.
"I hope he goes to Spain," Valderrama said. "There's not much I can add after the World Cup he has just played. Whoever had any doubts has now seen what he can do. I never had any. He has exploded onto the international scene at the World Cup, and he's only 22. Not bad, eh?"
"Not even Real Madrid is too big for James. Look how he played this World Cup...just 22 years old, he has shown he can play for any club in the world," 'El Pibe' added.
Rodriguez will certainly cost more than the €45million Monaco paid last summer if Madrid were to make a move, but an attacking force of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez would be a simply devastating force.
Valderrama acknowledges that he would cost an incredible amount of money, but states that the "investment" in Rodriguez would pay for itself with the rewards further down the line.
"Great players cost a lot, and he's a great player," he said. "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".
A move to Real Madrid would surely set Rodriguez up as Ronaldo's long-term successor and with Barcelona splashing out for Luis Suarez, the Champions League winners may be tempted to bring the Colombian to Spain.