James Rodriguez still has it. The breakout star of the 2014 World Cup for Colombia, Rodriguez is still scoring goals capable of making the entire world gasp.
The 23-year-old's latest golazo came for Real Madrid against Granada on Saturday at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium. With Madrid already leading 1-0 through Cristiano Ronaldo in the 31st minute, Karim Benzema set up Rodriguez with a deft touch of his own. Just inside the Granada penalty area, Rodriguez stepped up and struck a jaw-dropping, goalkeeper-defeating volley with his left foot. The ball sailed into the far, top corner of the Granada net to stake Real Madrid to a 2-0 lead. Sporting their black away kits, los Blancos would roll to a 4-0 victory.
Madrid signed Rodriguez from AS Monaco following his stellar performance for Colombia in Brazil. Rodriguez netted 6 total goals at the World Cup to earn the Golden Boot as the tournament's leading goalscorer. Of those six goals, it was his sublime volley against Uruguay that generated the most attention. Not only did it help Colombia advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in its history but it was also voted the top goal of the tournament by FIFA.com users.
James Rodriguez's wonderstrike -- watch and be amazed » http://t.co/dQnOw9minQ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 28, 2014
Both breathtaking blasts figure to be in the running as 2014's "goal of the year."