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JAMES RODRIGUEZ NAMED after James Bond, and with a golden eye for goal, Rodriguez has been the undoubted star of the World Cup so far. Though only 22, Rodriguez is not quite an overnight sensation, having been a teenage prodigy at Argentinian club Banfield, before winning titles with Porto and moving to filthy-rich Monaco last year.

But James - pronounced 'Ha-mez' - has exploded on to the world stage in Brazil, with five goals and two assists in four matches and is now the No.1 summer target for Real Madrid.

Colombia had been expected to shine at their first World Cup finals in 16 years but when their galactico, Radamel Falcao, was ruled out with a knee injury it was suggested they may lack the star quality to reach the tail end of the tournament.

But they didn't reckon for Rodriguez, whose thunderous strike against Uruguay in the lastsixteen confirmed that the attacking midfielder has the big-match temperament to match his stellar talent.

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BY DAVE KIDD THIS may have been the World Cup when Lionel Messi finally shone on the game's greatest stage and where Brazil's golden boy Neymar justified his superstar status. But perhaps more than any other World Cup of recent times, Brazil 2014 has also thrust several lesserknown players on to centre stage. Ever since a clutch of the brilliant Senegal team of 2002 moved to the Premier League and flopped, most scouts have warned their clubs 'never buy big on the back of a World Cup'.

But these five breakthrough boys will all be tempting clubs to part with their cash after excelling in the land of the Beautiful Game in what has been one of the most thrilling tournaments of all time.

CHARLES ARANGUIZ WHILE the Chilean superstars of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal stole many of the headlines, Aranguiz was arguably the outstanding player in the Chilean team who dethroned world champions Spain and so nearly evicted Brazil from their own World Cup.

Aranguiz is a brilliant all-round midfielder, as he showcased in Chile's 2-0 victory over Spain in the Maracana when he scored one and made the other.

The 25-year-old is a key part of Chile's pass-and-move style, but is also a ball-winner with an eye for goal. Part owned by Universidad in his homeland and Udinese in Serie A, but playing on loan for Internacional in Brazil, it would be a complex deal for any major European side to sign Aranguiz but he has ascended to world-class level and features on many wanted lists.

Aranguiz signed off from the World Cup with one of the most emphatic penalties ever seen but could not prevent Chile losing their shoot-out to Brazil.

AHMED MUSA THE electric 21-year-old forward produced a significant breakthrough performance in Nigeria's 3-2 defeat to Argentina when he swapped goals with Lionel Messi in one of the best matches of the tournament. Musa twice netted eye-catching equalisers after Messi had twice put Argentina in front and he was also lively in Nigeria's first two matches against Iran and Bosnia.

Already capped 40 times by the Super Eagles after making his full international debut at 17, Musa plies his trade with CSKA Moscow.

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John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses have been with him in Brazil and are aware of the youngster's burgeoning talent.

GUILLERMO OCHOA'S save from Neymar in Mexico's goalless draw with Brazil was one of the highlights of the tournament - bringing comparisons with Gordon Banks's 'save of the century' to deny Pele back in 1970.

It was part of an outstanding performance, which brought a free-agent keeper who had just been relegated with French club Ajaccio to the attention of the world - and gave Brazil a sudden case of self-doubt.

So gymnastic were Ochoa's efforts it seemed as if he had eaten a lorry-load of his nation's jumping beans in the build-up to the match.

The curly-haired custodian had conceded just once in six hours of football until the final minutes of the lastsixteen clash with Holland, who broke Mexican hearts with two late goals.

But Ochoa had been excellent once more against the Dutch and now finds himself wanted by many of Europe's major clubs.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Jul 6, 2014

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