He was already highly-rated, but his performances earned him a £63million move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, things have not worked out as expected in the Spanish capital, as the 28-year-old has struggled for consistency.
Linked with a switch to England
James Rodriguez is already well travelled. He made his name in Europe firstly with Porto and Monaco before earning his big-money move to Spain.
Now Sky Sports are reporting that England and the Premier League could be his next destination. Spain publication Marca claims that Everton, Wolves and Arsenal are all interested in signing the attacking midfielder in the next transfer window.
Connections to Everton and Wolves
The links are obvious ones, as Rodriguez has connections at Everton and Wolves. His connection at Everton is head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who arguably got the best out of the playmaker at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Quite where he would fit into the Toffees starting line-up is unsure. However, he would certainly be a marquee signing for the Merseyside.
Rodriguez’s link to Wolves is that former Porto and Monaco teammate Joao Moutinho is plying his trade at the Midlands club. Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes also has strong links with Wolves and could have the negotiating skills to persuade the Colombian to join the club.
Not fulfilled his potential
James Rodriguez has arguably not yet fulfilled his potential. He has had some good seasons with both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich but has not been able to sustain his form.
Rodriguez is in his prime as a player and should now be shining on a regular basis. He has played in Ligue One, La Liga and the Bundesliga. The Premier League would be a logical next step, which could be a move that defines his career.
Could a move to the Premier League unleash James’ potential?