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Cape Town – When 22-year-old James Rodriguez turned and met the ball with the face of his boot, no one would have thought that it was going to rattle the back of the net - but as soon as it did the Maracana exploded.
FIFA has crowned James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay as the 2014 Soccer World Cup Goal of the Tournament.
Rodriguez exquisitely chested the ball over his head, swivelled instantly and unleashed a venomous, dipping volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar in front of over 70 000 spectators.
Rodriguez became the third successive South American winner of the award, after Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez triumphed for his thunderbolt against Mexico at Germany 2006 and Diego Forlan was rewarded for his sublime effort for Uruguay in the third-place playoff at South Africa 2010.
Over four million FIFA.com users voted and Rodriguez's effort beat out Robin van Persie’s sensational header for the Netherlands against Spain.
Meanwhile, it's been reported that Real Madrid and Monaco have agreed terms for the transfer of Rodriguez and the Colombian will soon form a formidable partnership with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has also played a part in the rumour mill by suggesting Falcao could be Los Blancos' next target.
Here is James Rodriguez's goal versus Uruguay:
Do you agree with FIFA or who do you think deserves the Goal of the Tournament?
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