The 22 year old Colombian midfielder has been the star of the World Cup in Brazil. Scoring five goals in four matches so far. As his goals has led Colombia to the Quarters Finals in Brazil. His sublime strike against Uruguay in a round of 16 match was jaw breaking sending the world audience into talk up the abilities of the Monaco midfielder. Which has led to comparison to some of the World’s great players. As he has being linked to Arsenal in the past few weeks. With is performance in Brazil already well documented, and great reviews from all angles, here are five things to know about the mercurial and gifted midfielder who was once voted the best player at Under 20 2011 Toulon
Tournament before he led Colombia to the quarters finals of the Under 20 World cup that year.
1. He holds the record as the youngest foreigner to play in the Argentine League
The gifted midfielder became the youngest foreigner to play in the Argentine league at 17 years of age when he moved from Medellin in Colombia to Argentine side Banfield in 2008. He subsequently led the club to their first league championship.
2. Holds the record as the youngest player to win the golden ball in Portugal
At 20 years of age, in 2012, he became the youngest player to be voted the best player in the Portuguese League. Which has brought his talent to the limelight
3. Has three league titles to his name
He won a total of three successive titles with Portuguese giants Porto before moving to Monaco in 2013. Helping the Portuguese club to the Europa League title in that time. Scoring 25 goals in 63 appearances for Porto.
4. Joined the record books in Brazil
After his sublime goal against Uruguay he became the first player to score in the first four games of a World Cup since Brazil’s Ronaldo and Rivaldo in 2002. He is also the first player to score in each of his World Cup matches as a debut player in a tournament since the heroics of Christian Vieri at the France 98 World Cup.
5. He is the second most expensive player in Colombian history.
Following his £38.5 million move from Porto to Monaco in 2013, he became the second most expensive player in Colombian history following the £50 million Monaco paid for fellow Colombian Radamel Falcao.