James Rodriguez's goal the best of World Cup

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 10:04 22/07/2014
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Colombia’s James Rodriguez has won the World Cup’s goal of the tournament award.

 James Rodriguez
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NOTHING BUT NET: Colombia's James Rodriguez scored the goal of the World Cup.

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Colombia's James Rodriguez has won the World Cup's goal of the tournament award.

His stunning strike in the round of 16 game against Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro was voted the best in an official online poll on Fifa.com that attracted more than four million people.

Robin van Persie's header for the Netherlands against Spain took second place.

With his back to the goal, Rodriguez collected a looping header from Abel Aguilar on the edge of the Uruguay box. He chested the ball over his head, swivelled and thrashed a dipping volley into the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

Rodriguez is the third successive South American winner of the award following Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez (2006) and Uruguay's Diego Forlan (2010).

It's Rodriguez's second award from the tournament. He won the Golden Boot as the top scorer with six goals.

And now the monetary awards will roll in for the 23-year-old.

Spanish sports newspaper ''As'' said Monday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez had delayed his flight to Los Angeles where the club's squad had some preseason training.

Sports newspaper Marca, traditionally very close to Madrid's boardroom, said Rodriguez was to be presented to fans today.

Marca and As said Madrid had agreed with Monaco a price of €80 million (NZ$124m) for Rodriguez, and that the player would join the squad on the first day of August.  

Madrid has already signed Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for next season.

Both Kroos and Rodriguez could play in the European Super Cup against Sevilla in Cardiff on August 12.

As said Rodriguez had made a brief stop-over in Madrid on Sunday and was spotted arriving back at the city's international airport on Monday morning.

- Stuff with AP

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