James Rodriguez sets his sights on the jackpot in Monaco

Victor Vago
James Rodriguez sets his sights on the jackpot in Monaco

Monaco's extravagant summer recruiting spree may have dominated the headlines, but amid Joao Moutinho, Radamel Falcao and Eric Abidal - all stars of the present - was one name that represents the future: James Rodriguez, on whom the principality outfit spent a stunning 45 million euros.

Though the hefty transfer fee may well seem surprising for some, the investment speaks volumes for how Rodriquez - still just 22 - has risen very quickly from humble beginnings to become one of the most prized assets in European football.

He started his career in his native Colombia with second-division club Envigado before Banfield snapped him up after only one season of first-team action in 2008.

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